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RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
I ale Dallas. Texas 75065-071g
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Dear Mr. `1 ht
We reeei% ed our complaint 011 January 25.2019. This complaint does not conn*, with tire
iegal reiptirtmleitts lin a complaint
1i1ct1 p ith tlicfexas Ethics Commission (Commission)
"1-11,.. Commission must dismiss a complaint ir it does not make art allegation that. if' [rue,
constitutes a viotat ion of lave administered and enforced by the Commission. The Commission has
jurisdiction k' cis Corse Title
15 of the 1: lection Code_ Chapters 302. 303.305. parts o157.7, and 2u04
of ate Ctm. eminent Cu.k. and Subi:hapter C. Chapter 159. or Inc Local Cioventment Colic.
Your eomplaint appears to allege that the respondent violated section
572.051 of the
crnment Code. which contains standards of conduct provisions for state officers and employees.
A lillout.th the Coitimission has mititorit to coloree pans of chapter 572 of the Government Code.
section 572.051 of that chapter is exempt from the sworn complaint process. and lhe Commission
dues nut h
►e the statutor., authority to at:cep! allegations of violations of section 572.051 of the
Government code Ili a Sworn complaint. See Neel ion 572.051(c). Government Code. Accordingly.
your complaint does 1101 inake an allegation that. Lf true. constitutes a violation nrahnk adminklercd
and enforced In the Commission I herelorc, the complaint is dismissa, and no funlicr action ,A ill
he taken
hale an questions. please contact Inc at the above address.
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SWORN COMPLAINT BEFORE THE TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION
Section 571.122 of the Governmsnit Code requires that a sworn compisint be Mod on a form prescribed
by the Texas Ethics Commission odd include specific information,
OFFICE USE ONLY
• You must complete a separate sworn complaint form for reach respondent
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• You MUM allege a violation of a law that is within the Texas Ethics
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2. More information and instructionsi
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for this form can be found al https.ityrow.etnics.state.tcusitecisworn.htmL
. A person riling a frivolous or bad faith corm:1[mM may be subject to a civil
penalty
RECEIVED
Please completely fill out this form_
JAN 25
7019
Failure to complete this form properly will cause your
complaint to be noncompliant and returned.
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I. IDENTITY OF COMPLAINANT
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H. IDENTITY OF RESPONDENT
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Paul.Bettencourtigsenate.texa
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III. NATURE OF ALLEGED VIOLATION
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Include the specific laird/s) or rule(s) alleged to have been violated YOU MUST ALLEGE A VIOLATION OF A LAW THAT IS
WITHIN THE COMMISSION'S JURISDICTION. The Texas Ethics Commission has jurisdiction to uniform) only the following
Laws: (11 Title 15 of the Election Code: (21 Chapters 302, 303, 305, 572 and 2004 of the GoielCocte; (3) § 33.4.025 and
§ 335.055
of the Local Gov't Code; (4) Chapter 159 of the 1-#Ca1 Gov't Coos, in connection with a county Judicial officer who elects to
file a financIai statement with the commission: and
15'i § 2152.064 and § 2155.003 of the Gov't Code.
RCM e completely lig out this form.
Failure to complete this form property wilf cause your complaint to be noncompliant and returned.
Senator Bettencourt should not chair the Senate commitTe on Property tax because this is in
direction violation of:
GOVERNMENT CODE
TITLE 5. OPEN GOVERNMENT. ETHICS
SUBTITLE B. ETHICS
Chapter 572. Personal Financial Disclosure, Standards
Of Conduct, and Conflict Of Interest
Effective September 1, 2017
(Revised 09/01/2017)
SUBCHAPTER C STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST PROVISIONS
Sec. 572.051 Standards of Conduct , State Agency Ethics Policy
A state officer or employee should not
(4) make personal investments that could reasonably be expected to create a substantial conflict
between the officers or employee's private interest and the public interest:
Senator Bettencourt is in complete violation of this code because of a "substantial conflict
between the officer's or employee's private interest and the public witerest: as noted by owning a
propterty tax consulting business.
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IV. STATEMENT OF FACTS
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You must state the facts constituting the alioy ed violation(s), including the dates on which or the
period of time in which the alleged violationts occurred. Identify allegations of fact not personalty
known to
)1rou, but alleged on information an
belief.
Use simple concise, and direct statorrients.
You must state facts. that, if true, would constitute a violation of a law within the
Commission's jurisdiction and allege facts to sufficiently indicate the manner and means by which
each alleged violation occurred.
Please completely rill out this form.
Failure to comp/ere this torm property will cause your complaint re be nonconicoanr and raturnall.
Senator Bettencourt is in complete violation of the above noted code because of a "substantial
conflict between the officer's or employee's private interest and the public interest," as noted by
owning a property tax consulting business:
Bettencourt Tax Advisors. LL
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(BTA)
Houston Headquarters
730 N. Post Oak Road Suite 400
Houston, Texas 77024
iVVebsite: httpsliwviirw.btanow.corni
About BTA
.Photo of Paul Bettencourt
For ten years I stood up for property tax relief for all Texas taxpayers as the Harris County Tax
Assessor-Collector. Today, as the CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors (BTA). helping commercial and
residential property taxpayers reduce their tax liabilities and save them money an their tax bills is
still my primary objective.
Complainant feels that there is no way the Senator could make or be associated with any legislative
matters regarding property tax without a conflict of interest, and he should recuse himself of further
falsifications that he is a "champion" to revise this archaic system
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VI. AFFIDAVIT
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BASED ON PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE
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