Rep. Márquez passes bill to increase school board transparency
Austin, TX (KTSM) — State Rep. Marisa Márquez Thursday passed House Bill 343 in the House of Representatives. House Bill 343 requires school board members in El Paso County school districts to file personal financial statements.
The bill also requires that the personal financial statements be filed at the commissioners court of the county in which the schools district's central administrative office is located. According to Márquez, it is difficult for local citizens to acquire personal financial statements that are not easily accessible. “Taxpayers and parents have a right to know that their children are being educated and not used as an avenue for business opportunities,” Márquez said.
This bill is in response to corruption at the El Paso Independent School District. “Considering where we are as a state in regards to public education, it is essential to promote transparency and ensure that our funds are properly being spent and not subject to conflicts of interest,” stated Márquez. House Bill 343 will now be sent to the Senate Chamber where Senator Rodriguez will carry the bill.
Representative Márquez was elected on November 4, 2008 and is serving her third term in the Texas House. She represents District 77, which includes most of Downtown El Paso, UTEP, neighborhoods near Fort Bliss in the Northeast and across the Franklin Mountains to neighborhoods around Coronado High School. Representative Márquez is a member of the Appropriations and House Administration Committees, as well as serving as Vice Chair of the Environmental Regulation Committee.