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LANCASTER - Councilman Todd Love, district 2, successfully filed a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission about flyers placed in The Ellis County Press drawing attention to the city’s public hearing for their tax increase.

This was Love’s second attempt at filing the complaint.

The first complaint, filed in October, wasn’t filled out properly.

According to the TEC, Love alleged the newspaper of not placing the required disclosure for political advertising.

The flyer Love is apparently upset over was inserted into the Thursday, Sept. 9 issues of ECP.

Representing the ECP, Attorney Rodney Ramsey cited the TEC law doesn’t apply to circulars or flyers costing in the aggregate less than $500 to publish and distribute.

ECP charged $85 for the flyers to be inserted  provided by concerned resident James Adams.

Ramsey also stated “political advertising” means a communication supporting or opposing a candidate for public office or office of a political party, a political party a public office holder or a measure the respondent, ECP , denies the flyers advocate or defeat, support,  or election of any other candidate for public office or “measure” before the voting citizens of Lancaster.

“I believe the state of Texas should have recognized the frivolous action of a disgruntled councilmember when filed,” said Publisher Charles D. Hatfield Jr.

“The newspaper was just doing its job to inform the citizens of the community what’s going on in their council chamber.”

The council passed the 9 percent tax increase Monday, Sept.13 , with Love approving via a 4-3 vote.

Love is up for re-election next May.


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