FOI Reforms and Blue Bonnets Blooming In Texas…

The Dallas Morning News has you covered:

Texas leaders have called for government to be transparent, but some lawmakers want to shut off the spigot for information flowing from police departments, chambers of commerce and the courts.

Open government advocates say there’s no wholesale attack this session on the Texas Public Information Act or Texas Open Meetings Act, but there are ample attempts to tinker with the laws and block citizen access.

The news gets better from there:

Open government groups were pleased last week when the Senate Open Government Committee approved a measure by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, to make government employees’ birthdates public, following a Texas Supreme Court ruling last year saying they are to be withheld for privacy reasons.


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