Texas open meetings

The Times published an editorial the other day that I agreed with.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals evidently invalidated the portion of the Texas Open Meetings Act that specified criminal penalties for members of government boards that arrange meetings with less than a quorum in order to avoid the requirement to make the meeting open to the public.

The Times editorial told us that our Texas Governor has written a letter to state board appointees and state agency chiefs telling them to “continue to follow the spirit” of the Texas Open Meetings Act without regard to the appeals court ruling.

Unfortunately our local governments are now free to meet in private and discuss public business as long as they do not have a quorum present.

We hope that our Texas legislature will take action soon to shore up the Open Meetings Act.

We deserve better


4 Responses to Texas open meetings

  1. John Hogan says:

    Why even have a law if there is no penalty for breaking it?


  2. Rich Wright says:

    This change will have no effect on the El Paso City Council. They duck out for “Consultation with Attorney” at the slightest provocation. They abuse Executive Session. We’ll never know.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Inherent Public corruption in El Taxo. The only thing they “Represent” is themselves and whatever THEY can TAKE from US. The only thing that ever changes in El Taxo is the names of the people who TAKE from US.


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