Texas: Open-government advocates cheer bills passed by Legislature

AUSTIN – A measure that would make private university police reports subject to Texas' open-government laws was one of a number of transparency measures approved by the Legislature this session.

Senate Bill 308, authored by Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, was filed in response to a student who was fatally shot by University of Incarnate Word police officers in San Antonio, and another incident at Rice University.

Those police departments refused to give up records because, as private universities, they were not subject to the state's open records law.  Continue>>>