Open Meetings Act survives scrutiny over criminal penalty provisions
Although a federal appellate court in September ruled that the criminal sanctions provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act do not violate the First Amendment, a group of public officials plans to continue its effort to strike down the law - even if it means taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Asgeirsson v. Abbott, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans (5 th Cir.) ruled that the criminal provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act do not violate the free speech rights of public officials, even if it requires that they discuss government business in public.
Open government advocates hailed …