Proposed CS Charter Change Defining Council Conflict of InterestFeatured Stories, News Monday, July 30th, 2012
An elected official…on occasion…will remove themselves from a meeting because they have a conflict of interest.
This November, College Station voters will consider a change in the definition.
The city charter currently requires a council member to step down when they have an INDIRECT financial interest on an issue. But the only way to define INDIRECT is court rulings. And Julie Schultz swayed a council majority to let voters consider changing to state law that does not use the “I” word.
Schultz says current charter language that includes the word INDIRECT stops businesspeople from running for the council.
The state law establishes minimum standards to determine conflict of interest.
The council’s split vote to let voters choose reversed a divided recommendation by the charter review advisory committee.
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