Topic: Open Government: TPIA and TOMA

Governor Abbott Suspends Open Meetings Statutes to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

Governor Greg Abbott granted the Office of the Attorney General’s request for suspension of ‎certain open-meeting statutes that require government officials and members of the public to be ‎physically present at a specified meeting location. The action was taken in order to mitigate the ‎spread of COVID-19 by avoiding meetings that bring people into large group settings.‎

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Record Levels of Open Records Activity in Texas—Are Legislative Changes on the Horizon?

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced in a press release today that the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) handled a record number of Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) requests and issued an all-time high number of rulings during state fiscal year 2018.

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Texas Attorney General Addresses Open Meetings Act Issues Raised by Termination of Railroad Commission Executive Director

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently issued Opinion No. KP-205 which addressed a number of questions posed by Representative Rafael Anchia stemming from issues surrounding the termination of the Executive Director of the Texas Railroad Commission (the “Commission”).

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