Tag Archives: Open Meetings Act

Statute Making it a Crime for a Public Official to Circumvent the Open Meetings Act Held Unconstitutional

In a decision that upends decades of open meetings law, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals held that the provision of the Texas Open Meetings Act prohibiting a government official from circumventing the Act through a “walking quorum” or “daisy chain” discussion outside of a public meeting is unconstitutionally vague. The Texas Open Meetings Act … Continue Reading

Texas Open Meetings Act vs. the First Amendment Rights of Elected Officials

This entry comes to us courtesy of Sim Israeloff. Many elected officials in Texas, including most who are elected to city councils and school boards, serve as citizen volunteers without pay.  Newly elected officials are sometimes surprised to find that their actions and speech are now restricted by statutes such as the Texas Open Meetings … Continue Reading
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