Acceptance of Honorarium
Chapter 36 of the Texas Penal Code defines bribery and corrupt influence offenses.
“Acceptance of Honorarium”, as per § 36.07 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a public servant solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept an honorarium in consideration for services that the public servant would not have been requested to provide but for the public servant's official position or duties.
This section does not prohibit a public servant from accepting transportation and lodging expenses in connection with a conference or similar event in which the public servant renders services, such as addressing an audience or engaging in a seminar, to the extent that those services are more than merely perfunctory, or from accepting meals in connection with such an event.
An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.
Severity of Crime
Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year
Fine not to exceed $4,000
Both such fine and confinement