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Texas: open records bills push back on court rulings

Capriglione’s House Bill 792 would force government entities to be more specific when asserting the right to withhold documents the government believes would hamper a private company’s competitive stance.

The bill is a response to a 2015 state Supreme Court ruling that allowed aerospace giant Boeing to keep secret its lease agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense. The ruling carved out a space for private entities doing government business to protect information that those companies believe would give an advantage to a competitor or bidder.

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Texas open records law updates urged

From MySanAntonio.com:

AUSTIN (Nov 26, 2012) — The state's 40-year-old law designed to keep government in the open needs a few tweaks to catch up with modern technology, open government advocates told a Texas Senate committee Monday.

The law should clarify, for example, that emails and text messages that public officials send from private accounts must be open for public review if the content is in any way related to public business.

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Texas attorney general asked to investigate Dallas police record handling

From Dallas Morning News:

The Dallas Morning News has asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Dallas Police Department for possible violations of state open-records laws.

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State Bar of Texas sues Attorney General Greg Abbott over records in investigation into misused funds

From Texas Watchdog:

The State Bar of Texas is suing the office of Attorney General Greg Abbott over an open records decision earlier this month that gives a legal trade magazine access to records detailing an internal investigation by the state bar.

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Adkisson blames ‘Express’ for open records skirmish

From San Antonio Current:

"I'm not inclined to be stepped on or stomped," Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson said this week, discussing his effort to keep emails from a private account in which he discusses official county business hidden.

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