Ron Hankins Violates the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) -Somervell County Hospital District


 
Ron Hankins Should Have known better

Ron Hankins Violates the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) -Somervell County Hospital District
 


18 September 2016 at 8:52:08 AM
salon

Is it okay for a public governmental entity to allow, on a whim, a non-agenda item? Not according to the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) 

I mentioned this the other day but was considering today just how egregious this is. Ron Hankins, who is now the Somervell County Hospital District board president, was Somervell County Attorney for almost 20 years, thus was in charge of enforcement of TOMA. HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER.  Here is the agenda for the meeting on Sept 15 2016. See anything there to allow public comments? No? 

Off camera, Gary Whittle asks if he can do a public comment. 
Griffin: Anything from the public 
Hankins: We don't, we don't, there's nothing on there to let you speak... unless y'all allow him to just make a couple of comments. 
In effect, Hankins is polling the board to see if there are enough people who won't speak up and allow him to violate TOMA. Maybe he's trying to spread around the fault for violating TOMA.
Griffn Sure!
Hankins: Thats okay
 
Since they were letting Whittle speak, I also asked to comment as well. However, neither of us should have been allowed to do it AS PUBLIC COMMENTS WASN'T ON THE AGENDA. 
Besides the obvious questions about why Hankins, who, as Somervell County Attorney, was the person who ENFORCED COMPLIANCE of TOMA for years and Griffin, who presumably has taken the training on TOMA and the Public Information Act, were trying to just flat go around it, what about the public? There's a meeting coming up on Tuesday, Budget Workshop, but there is not public comments on the agenda. Suppose you wanted to go speak your piece but thought, what's the point, it's not on the agenda, so you didn't go. And then you found out that, on a whim, Hankins let people make comments, where the appearance is a "good ole boy" affect, as in "Good Old Gary Whittle wants to make a comment, what do you say we let him".
 
Besides Hankins knowing better, he's the dang board president. He's supposed to be leading the board, lawfully.   Griffin might not have said "Sure" if Hankins had adhered to the law and said "WE CAN'T DO THIS".  How many things can Hankins get wrong before people start questioning him and his poor judgement???? 

Permalink Tags:          
     Views: 1044 
Latest Blog Post by salon -What do you get when you merge a Liar with a Grifter with a Fear-Mongerer?
More Posts You Might Enjoy
Turk v Somervell County Hospital District/Ray Reynolds Case Going to TRIAL in September 2018
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 1/12/2018-Trump is a Racist
From Waco Trib- Have no illusions about the GOP Tax Law
Excellent Editorial from Waco Tribune- Leave Robert Mueller Alone To Finish Investigation

 You! Leave a Comment! You Know you Want To!
You must be a registered member to comment on the blog.
Your first post is held pending approval to make sure you're not a spammer bot

 Not registered? Or you can login!

LOGON - Name:Password:

New poster comments are moderated, meaning they won't show up until approved... or not.  Be patient-we have lives outside this blog, so it might take awhile You want to be rude? totally stupid? inappropriate? Racist? Bigoted? Flame war baiter? Your post may be deleted. Spammers or people posting pretend interest comments but really wanting to hawk their latest book or sell stuff or govt propaganda flacks won't see their posts published. Comments do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the site owner(salon).
If you have a problem with logging in or registering, please speak up right away. Love your comments. Oh, except spammers
More on commenting



Click Here for Main Page






Latest Posts

What do you get when you merge a Liar with a Grifter with a Fear-Mongerer?
salon 10/30/2018

Terrorist Attacks on (Mostly) Public Officials-Some Sicko wants to murder people
salon 10/25/2018

Most Popular Posts by Year on Somervell County Salon
salon 10/19/2018

What's Going on with the Turk v Ray Reynolds and Somervell County Hospital District Lawsuit? (Glen Rose Medical Center)
salon 10/19/2018

Republican Lies and Hypocrisy- in COURT to KILL ACA Including Pre-Existing Conditions
salon 10/19/2018

Ted Cruz-Tough as Texas? Bwahahah
salon 10/9/2018


More Blog Headlines
 



Comments

salon > Hi, Peter. Long time no hear. The theme of my post, above, is about religous people who believe that god put trump in office. Do you have a specific opinion on that?  On your general comme.... (What is WRONG with ANY Religion that believes a god put a man like Trump in power)

pstern > What a nation of lost souls we have. Determined people are doing whatever they want...which is to create chaos and to bring down our government. While our government is a mess, it's still the b.... (What is WRONG with ANY Religion that believes a god put a man like Trump in power)

salon > From the Dallas Observer in 2015 Prestonwood Baptist Church and its supporters have never liked talking about the convicted pedophile who once worked there and have let that be known in very pointe.... (Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas Back in the News-Internet Sex Sting with Pastor)

salon > Saw this video today   (Pesky Black Buzzards)








Home | Blog Home | About | News | Piazza | Calendar | Audio/Video/Open Rec | Search
Write!  |profile | quotes |
top Daily | top Weekly |top Month | top Year | Top All! | archives | subscribe RSS

 

%>