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State commission fines former toll road board member

Thursday, August 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Texans for Public Justice has scored another point against the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. On Tuesday, the nonprofit watchdog announced that the Texas Ethics Commission had slapped former CTRMA Board of Directors Vice Chair James Mills with a $1,000 fine following a complaint Texans for Public Justice filed last year. That complaint accused Mills of failing to disclose his interest in five businesses and ownership of two properties on financial disclosure forms he filed in 2014 and 2015. According to the commission’s resolution, Mills signed a good-faith affidavit last year correcting the omissions and claimed they were inadvertent. The Texas Ethics Commission’s ruling was the second in just over a month against a CTRMA board member. In early July, the commission levied a $300 fine against Travis County appointee Charles Heimsath for reasons similar to the ones in Mills’ case. Both complaints were filed by Texans for Public Justice, which also also targeted board Chair Ray Wilkerson. That decision is still pending. Mills, one of Williamson County’s original appointees to the board, retired earlier this year.

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