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