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Texas’ Open Meetings Law Challenge Goes to Trial

The Texas Open Meetings Act muzzles municipal officials and impedes their ability to fulfill their duties, an Arlington City Council member told a federal judge in Austin.

Lawyers from the Texas Attorney General’s Office countered that argument during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Junell, arguing that the law muzzles nobody and presents an obstacle to government by secret.

The one-day trial focuses on a lawsuit initially filed by members of the Alpine City Council seeking to topple key provisions of the 43-year-old law. Fourteen local elected officials from around the state eventually replaced the original plaintiffs, who left the Alpine council and lost their standing to sue.

The law requires elected officials to conduct most government business in public.

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