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Fixes to Texas Public Information Act in 2019 - Re: Government Contracts also TOMA Walking Quorum

24 May 2019 at 4:18:17 PM

From Freedom of Information Texas KUDOS to FOIFT to pushing these in the Texas Legislature, also to Kirk Watson, Giovanni Capiglione and Dade Phelan. 

Two important open government measures won final approval Thursday in the Texas Senate, which concurred with House amendments on Senate Bill 943, the Public Information Act contracting transparency bill, and Senate Bill 1640, the update to the Open Meeting Act....

Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, and Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, worked together on the bipartisan contracting bill. It plugs holes in the Public Information Act created when the Texas Supreme Court issued rulings in 2015 blocking much of the public’s access to government contracts with private companies and non-profits. The bill specifies key information in contracts that must be revealed to the public.

Watson and Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, worked together to pass the Texas Open Meetings Act bill in response to this year’s Court of Criminal Appeals ruling declaring the “walking quorum” provision in the law unconstitutional. The legislation makes the law’s language more specific in addressing the ban on walking quorums.


relating to the disclosure of certain contracting information under
  the public information law.

TOMA- SB1640 regarding walking quorums.  Engrossed text

I also noticed that a totally goofy circumstance is fixed. HB81 Relating to the disclosure under the public information law of certain information related to parades, concerts, or other entertainment events open to the general public that are paid for with public funds.

Remember when that lady in McAllen tried to do an open records request to the city to find out how much they paid Enrique Iglesias and was denied?


In 2015, Iglesias performed at the McAllen holiday parade hosted by the city. McAllen reported a loss from hosting the parade but wasn’t forced to disclose the amount as Attorney General Ken Paxton cited the Boeing ruling. Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, filed H.B. 81, which would address the Iglesias controversy by requiring governmental entities to disclose how much they spend on parades, festivals and other events.

Yeah, glad this passed, anyone should be able to find out how much money a govt entity is spending on entertainment.


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