Texas AG: Lobbyists can't serve on state Board of Education

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 13, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, in an opinion issued Friday, said a subsection of the state Education Code precludes certain registered lobbyists from serving on the Texas Board of Education.

In March, Gail Lowe, then-chairwoman of the board, sought Abbott's opinion regarding the construction of subsection 7.103(c) in the Education Code and on its newly elected member, Thomas Ratliff.

Lowe said Ratliff also is a lobbyist for "several prominent firms whose business interests seem to intersect with" state school board issues.

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