S.B. No. 1269
  relating to transportation, lodging, and meals offered to and
  accepted by public servants.
         SECTION 1.  Section 36.07, Penal Code, is amended by adding
  Subsection (b-1) to read as follows:
         (b-1)  Transportation, lodging, and meals described by
  Subsection (b) are not political contributions as defined by Title
  15, Election Code.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (a), Section 36.10, Penal Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Sections 36.08 (Gift to Public Servant) and 36.09
  (Offering Gift to Public Servant) do not apply to:
               (1)  a fee prescribed by law to be received by a public
  servant or any other benefit to which the public servant is lawfully
  entitled or for which he gives legitimate consideration in a
  capacity other than as a public servant;
               (2)  a gift or other benefit conferred on account of
  kinship or a personal, professional, or business relationship
  independent of the official status of the recipient; or
               (3)  a benefit to a public servant required to file a
  statement under Chapter 572, Government Code, or a report under
  Title 15, Election Code, that is derived from a function in honor or
  appreciation of the recipient if:
                     (A)  the benefit and the source of any benefit in
  excess of $50 is reported in the statement; and
                     (B)  the benefit is used solely to defray the
  expenses that accrue in the performance of duties or activities in
  connection with the office which are nonreimbursable by the state
  or political subdivision;
               (4)  a political contribution as defined by Title 15,
  Election Code;
               (5)  a gift, award, or memento to a member of the
  legislative or executive branch that is required to be reported
  under Chapter 305, Government Code;
               (6)  an item with a value of less than $50, excluding
  cash or a negotiable instrument as described by Section 3.104,
  Business & Commerce Code; [or]
               (7)  an item issued by a governmental entity that
  allows the use of property or facilities owned, leased, or operated
  by the governmental entity; or
               (8)  transportation, lodging, and meals described by
  Section 36.07(b).
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1269 passed the Senate on
  April 21, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1269 passed the House on
  May 3, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 1, one present
  not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House