Legislators Act To Restore Open Meetings Act At 11th Hour

Txlege UpdateWith the deadline to file bills on Friday, two identical bills were filed in the Texas House and Senate to save the “walking quorum” aspect of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

You can read our previous coverage on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decision which gutted the government transparency law here (which upon further observation, appears to be the all-Republican court’s resistance to judicial activism rather than an attack on or disagreement with open government proceedings when it comes to small groups of public officials).

House State Affairs Chairman Dade Phelan and Sen. Kirk Watson filed this bipartisan measure late Wednesday (SB 1640 and HB 3402). Below is a jointly written press release on the filings:

 

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