CHAPTER 36. BRIBERY AND CORRUPT INFLUENCE
§ 36.03. COERCION OF PUBLIC SERVANT OR VOTER.
person commits an offense if by means of coercion he:
(1) influences or attempts to influence a public
servant in a specific exercise of his official power or a specific
performance of his official duty or influences or attempts to
influence a public servant to violate the public servant's known
legal duty; or
(2) influences or attempts to influence a voter not to
vote or to vote in a particular manner.
(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor
unless the coercion is a threat to commit a felony, in which event
it is a felony of the third degree.
(c) It is an exception to the application of Subsection
(a)(1) of this section that the person who influences or attempts to
influence the public servant is a member of the governing body of a
governmental entity, and that the action that influences or
attempts to influence the public servant is an official action
taken by the member of the governing body. For the purposes of this
subsection, the term "official action" includes deliberations by
the governing body of a governmental entity.