Here's what Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot has to say about the issue in the state publication entitled 2012 Texas Nepotism Laws made easy.
What types of local government officials rubject to the nepotism laws?
The nepotism statutes apply to any public official who is the final hiring authority or is a member of the governing body that has the final hiring authority.
It goes on to clarify:
A governing body or public employee would still be considered the final authority if either may exercise control over a hiring decision - even though such authority may have been delegated to another official or another entity.
Even more clear, the AG's publication addresses the question of abstention:
May other members of a governing body vote to hire a person who is a close relative of a public official if that public official abstains from voting?
The short answer : No.
It would be interesting to get LMT's/ Pro 8 news take on this. Anybody think they'll cover this?
Here's a link to the AG's report: