NPT Capitol: Marquez carries county ethics bill; Rodriguez: “A new day in El Paso”
In the “that-was-quick” category, a news release from the office of state Rep. Marisa Marquez, D-El Paso, noted that she was carrying the county’s ethics legislation.
For a little background on the love Marquez is starting to generate from the county, and the school district, click here.
Follow the jump to read the news release from Marquez re: ethics (by the way, did County Attorney Jose Rodriguez really say that — not to say he isn’t on board with the news release, it just sounds a little … enthusiastic).
Freshman State Rep. Marisa Marquez (D – El Paso) showed she was serious about reforming government as she filed sweeping legislation to help clean up El Paso County today. HB 2301 uses the power of state law to create a special authority for El Paso County to establish an independent ethics commission. The commission, if established, will have subpoena power and will adopt, publish, and enforce an ethics code governing county public servants.
“I’ve said that I want to change the way we serve our community. That’s why I’m so excited to file this bill. It paves the way for progress in El Paso County, a way for us to become transparent, responsive, and accountable,” advocated Marquez.
HB 2301 would empower the commissioners court to order the creation of a nine-member ethics board either through a majority vote or by calling a county-wide election.
“Rep. Marquez’s bold action to file this legislation today, which was also endorsed by our County Commissioners Court, gets them closer to having that demand fulfilled,” said El Paso county attorney Jose Rodriguez. “It is a new day in El Paso.”
Under HB 2301, the county ethics commission would have nine members. The county judge and the four commissioners would each appoint one person to the commission. The remaining four slots would be filled by an open-to-the-public application process.
The new commission would also have the power to issue advisory opinions and impose misdemeanor penalties of up to $4,000 for violations.
— Sito Negron