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.


Texas advocates to push public information act

From Standard-Times:

AUSTIN (Nov 25, 2012) — When Texas lawmakers meet, freedom of information advocates try to expand citizen access to government — and fight against proposals that block information.

That lobby effort is under way for the 2013 legislative session, when open government watchdogs will try to build on recent victories while battling bills that would place more limits on the Texas Public Information Act.



NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 19, 2012

A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:

Records reveal Boston police spy on political and peace groups