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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Anette Carlisle holds office as a member of the school board for the Amarillo Independent School District. Carlisle applied to be a candidate in the Republican primary for state representative for the 87th District. Tina J. Benkiser, the chair of the Republican Party of Texas, notified Carlisle by letter that she was ineligible to run for or hold office in the Legislature: “After reviewing public records that show you currently hold office as a member of the school board for the Amarillo Independent School District (“ISD”) from which you have not resigned and based on Article III, Section 19 of the Texas Constitution and the written reimbursement policy of the Amarillo ISD, you are ineligible to run for State Representative in this year’s Republican Primary or serve in that capacity.” Carlisle filed a petition for writ of mandamus under Texas Election Code �273.061. HOLDING:Conditionally granted. Section 11.061(d) of the Texas Education Code states that school board “trustees serve without compensation.” The written reimbursement policy of Amarillo ISD allows board members to be reimbursed for “reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out Board business at the Board’s request and for reasonable expenses incurred while attending meetings and conventions as official representatives of the Board.” Carlisle submitted a sworn affidavit in which she testified that she receives reimbursement only for reasonable, necessary and actual expenses incurred in carrying out Amarillo ISD business at the school board’s request and for reasonable, necessary and actual expenses incurred while attending meetings and conventions as an official representative of the board and the district. Benkiser argues that because the Amarillo ISD has a written policy of reimbursing expenses for meals without requiring receipts, Carlisle is holding a lucrative office under Article III, �19, and is therefore ineligible to run for state representative in this year’s Republican primary or to serve in that capacity. The court distinguishes this case from those in which the office holder received compensation for services, as opposed to reimbursement for expenses. The court holds that the reimbursement Carlisle receives for meals does not make her position as a member of the Amarillo ISD school board a lucrative office within the meaning of Article III, �19, of the Texas Constitution. OPINION:Per curiam.

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