Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas state conference reviews Texas Legislature

NFOIC Executive Director Kenneth F. Bunting delivers keynote address

By Kelley Shannon, Special to the San Angelo Standard-Times:

AUSTIN — Open government advocates celebrated legislative victories this year in large part by blocking "bad bills" that would have reduced Texans' access to basic government information, activists say.

"We didn't have any horror stories," said media attorney Paul Watler, describing efforts to battle legislation that would have carved out more exemptions in the Texas Public Information Act and placed more information off limits.

Watler and other advocates reviewed the 2011 legislative session during a discussion at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas state conference late last week in Austin.


During the keynote address of the conference, Ken Bunting, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, urged open government advocates to keep pressing for more transparency.

A new congressional super committee appointed to work on the national debt problem should pledge to conduct all its business in the open, Bunting said.

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