Archive for November 2009

TOMA and Alpine: More Background

November 30, 2009

Texas statute shouldn’t infringe on elected officials’ free speech rights.” by Jack D. McNamara, Austin American-Statesman, November 25, 2009.

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More Criticism

November 28, 2009

Still another article critical of those mounting attacks upon the Texas Open Meeting Act has appeared today. This can be found in one of the Opinion pages in today’s Austin American-Statesman. See “Open government – with no strings attached – should remain state law.” by Bill Hobby, November 28, 2009.

In the article, it was said essentially that discussions about issues such as those pertaining to TOMA should be debated in a public meeting. In Pflugerville, the TOMA issue was taken up in a closed executive session of the City Council.

A reference to “TML moves forward with a resolution to ease penalties for meeting violations.” by Emma Perez Trevino, The Brownsville Herald, November 21, 2009, was made in the Statesman article.

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More About Abilene and TOMA

November 21, 2009

According to a KTXS video, the next time that the issue about joining a lawsuit pertaining to the Texas Open Meeting Act may be taken up by the Abilene City Council will be at the December 3, 2009, meeting.

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Abilene and TOMA

November 19, 2009

The Abilene City Council will consider joining the lawsuit directed against the Texas Open Meetings Act today (November 19, 2009) according to the Abilene Reporter-News, which has posted an editorial online opposing the lawsuit.

See “Lawsuit aims to gut Open Meetings Act,” Abilene Reporter-News, November 17, 2009.

Update: The request to join the lawsuit against TOMA was tabled by a vote of 4 to 3.

Abilene council tables joining open meetings act challenge” by Doug Myers, Abilene Reporter-News, November 19, 2009. 

Abilene City Council Meeting Agenda for November 19, 2009 for 8:30 AM.

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Another Critical Editorial

November 18, 2009

The decision taken in Pflugerville to join a lawsuit against the Texas Open Meetings Act has been meeting with considerable disapproval in Texas and elsewhere.

Here is an example from Tyler, Texas:

Pflugerville Group Takes Aim at Open Government.” Tyler Morning Telegraph, October 19, 2009.

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Not a Good Argument?

November 16, 2009

There is a Jack “Out of the Box” blog entry entitled “First Amendment Challenge to Texas Open Meetings Act” dated October 28, 2009.

The blog writer apparently does not buy the argument offered by some in Pflugerville about TOMA having a “chilling” effect upon free speech.

Will the joining of a lawsuit directed against TOMA bring about mostly criticism and perhaps much ridicule upon Pflugerville? Would such an outcome be in the interest of the residents of Pflugerville?

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More about TOMA

November 15, 2009

Today’s Commentary in the Austin American-Statesman includes “Don’t let lobbyists undermine the Texas Open Meetings Act” by Fred Hartman, November 15, 2009.

One can hope that members of the Pflugerville city government will read this Commentary article and reconsider the action it took toward joining the lawsuit directed against the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Hartman notes that the lawsuit is being supported by taxpayer money and calls this “outrageous,” which is certainly an appropriate word to use in describing what is happening.

Also see “Meetings Act doesn’t hurt free speech.” The Bryan College Station Eagle, November 15, 2009.

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Pflugerville City Council Voted to Join Lawsuit about TOMA

November 5, 2009

At the October 13, 2009, meeting, he Pflugerville City Council voted to join a lawsuit pertaining to the Texas Open Meeting Act. This was reported in the October 22, 2009, issue of The Pflugerville Pflag. More details were given in an article by Suzannah Gonzales in  the October 15, 2009, issue of the Austin American-Statesmen. A link to the complaint mentioned in the article can be found here. The City of Pflugerville Resolution Number 1228-09-16-13-E1 pertaining to the lawsuit can be read here.

A list of links to references that might be helpful in filling in the background of events leading to the lawsuit is displayed on another page.

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