TOMA References, 2009

“The (McAllen) Monitor examines open meetings lawsuit by Texas cities” by Lee Ann O’Neal, Texas Watchdog, December 29, 2009.

A Few Ironies Beset Our First Freedoms In 2009” by Gene Policinski, eNews Park Forest, December 28, 2009.

Mayor Cook supports lawsuit challenging Texas Open Meetings Act” abc7, December 28, 2009.

Texas Realtors strongly advocate open government, transparency” by Bill Jones, El Paso Times, December 27, 2009.

Valley elected officials closely watching Texas Open Meetings Act lawsuit” by Nick Pipitone, The Monitor, December 27, 2009.

Keep ‘open meetings’ open” by Bill Jones, a letter to the editor in The Dallas Morning News, December 25, 2009.

City joins lawsuit over Open Meetings dispute”, by James Rincon, Pflugerville Pflag, December 24, 2009.

Open meetings lawsuit filed in federal CourtThe Rockport Pilot, December 24, 2009.

Open Meetings Act lawsuit is spreading lies” by Heber Taylor, The Daily News, December 24, 2009.

Pflugerville one of four cities named in lawsuit” by James Rincon, Pflugerville Pflag, December 22, 2009.

Tyler Paper Tells TML Off.” submitted by M. Q. Sullivan, Empower Texans, December 20, 2009.

City: No Plans to join Open Meetings suit” by Chris Cobb, Herald Zeitung, December 19, 2009.

TML Letter Missing Law’s Salient Message” Tyler Morning Telegraph, December 18, 2009.

Pflugerville sues state, challenges Open Meetings Act” by Rob Hendrick, Community Impact Newspaper, December 17, 2009.

Sugar Land Councilman Russell Jones A Part Of Open Meetings Lawsuit” by Jamie Mock,, December 17, 2009. (27 comments)

1st Amendment cannot be a shield for elected officials.” by Bill Hobby, Alpine Avalanche, December 16, 2009.

Public Officials Sue for Right to Be Secret” posted by Robert J. Ambriogi, Legal Blog Watch, December 16, 2009.

Wichita Falls joins in Open Meetings Act” in The Houston Chronicle, December 16, 2009.

Lawsuit filed against Texas Open Meetings Act” by Allen Essex, Valley Morning Star, December 16, 2009.

Texas Open Meetings Act must be defended.” Austin American-Statesman, December 15, 2009. 

Pflugerville joins challenge to open meetings law.” by Suzannah Gonzales, Austin American-Statesman, December 15, 2009.

Don’t weaken Open Meetings Act” in The Beaumont Enterprise, December 15, 2009.

Open Meetings Act Lawsuit 12/15/09” The Reporters Committee by Miranda Fleschert, in CBS7 Webpage, December 14, 2009.

Open Government opponents trying to soften penalties for breaking lawLubbock Avalanche Journal, December 11, 2009. 

Texas Newspapers Lash Out at City Officials” by Frank Sturzl.

This can be found in the Texas Municipal League Legislative Update, December 10, 2009, Number 26.

Lawsuit addresses Open Meetings Act.” by Dan Wallach, The Beaumont Enterprise, December 8, 2009.

Opening meetings: Mayor favors changing law” by Enrique Rangel,, December 6, 2009.

Commentary: Texas officials shouldn’t fear transparency.” The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 3, 2009.

Group seeks to ease punishment for elected officials’ violations of Open Meetings Act.” by Mike Copeland, Waco Tribune-Herald, December 1, 2009.

Using our money to erode our law” by Heber Taylor, The Galveston County Daily News, November 29, 2009.

Open Government – with no  strings attached  – should remain state law.” by Bill Hobby, Austin American-Statesman, November 27, 2009.

Penalties should not affect law abiding officials.” Port Aransas South Jetty Newspaper, November 26, 2009.

Open-meeting changes short-change public.” The Dallas Morning News, November 24, 2009.

Citizens deserve open meetings.” San Antonio Express-News, November 22, 2009.

Rockport to challenge Texas Open Meetings Act” by Denise Malan,, November 21, 2009.

Lawyer in challenge to Open Meetings Act bends facts.” by Fred Hartman, Fort Bend Herald, November 20, 2009.

KTXS Video about the November 19, 2009, Abilene City Council meeting.

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

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

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

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

City’s joining Alpine lawsuit a bad decision” by Mike Probst, The Rockport Pilot, November 11, 2009.

Rockport council against criminal provisions in law” by Mike Probst, The Rockport Pilot, November 6, 2009.

City councils vote to join in open meetings lawsuit.” in the Texas Press Association Messenger Online, November 2009.

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

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

New challenge to Texas Open Meetings Act,” Texas Lawyer, October 16, 2009.

Texas Officials to file second suit over meetings act,” News Media Update from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, October 15, 2009.

Open Meetings Act: Pflugerville officials to fight transparency provision” by Suzannah Gonzales, Austin American-Statesman, October 15, 2009.

Resolution No. 1228-09-10-13-E1 of the City of Pflugerville, October 13, 2009.

Fifth Circuit Dismisses Texas Open Meetings Act Challenge.” Texas Municipal League, September 30, 2009.

Ranga suit is called ‘moot.'” Alpine Avalanche, September 17, 2009.

Open meetings law stands in 5th Cir.,” News Media Update from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, September 10, 2009.

Capitolbeat Join Fight to Save Open Meetings Laws” by Kevin Goldberg, Capitolbeat, September 4, 2009.

NPC Supports Amicus on Texas Open Meetings Act.” National Press Club Online, September 4, 2009.

Attorney General Greg Abbott Takes Legal Action to Defend Open Meetings Act” (From  Attorney General of Texas web page), August 31, 2009.  

Is the Texas Open Meetings Act Unconstitutional?” Mike Hailey’s Capitol Inside, August 30, 2009.

Lengthy Brief Dated August 28, 2009.

Courts – Still More on: Open Meetings Law May Be Unconstitutional, 5th Circuit Rules.” The Indiana Law Blog, July 30, 2009.

Advocates fear ruling will void open meetings laws.” by Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman, May, 17, 2009.

Ranga suit headed for Supremes,” Alpine Avalanche, May 13,2009.

Complaint filed in Pflugerville council race” by Suzannah Gonzales, Austin American-Statesman, May 6, 2009. Text of complaint.

Erica Grignon for City Council Place 5 – Home, May 2009.

Texas Attorney General Abbott says government meeting agendas need to be specific.” by Jon Nielsen, Dallas Morning News, October 19, 2008. (Posted in Texas Budget Source website)

Tovar’s Political Firestorm” by Jack D. McNamara, The Nimby News, February 24, 2005.

More references will be added.

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