Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Take Two - Texas Public Officials Will Try to Challenge Texan Open Meetings Act
At least 20 Texas public officials are expected to file a suit in federal court in the West Texas city of Pecos, asserting the state's Open Meetings Act violates their right to free speech.
The open meetings act prevents a quorum of government officials from deliberating in secret and carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a similar lawsuit for lack of standing as the plaintiffs were no longer in office. The attorney for the anticipated suit says they've cured the standing problem because the 20 officials who will be plaintiffs are current public officials.
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