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Austin Liberty Coalition Message Board › Are public otices required for Gov Meetings?

Are public otices required for Gov Meetings? Great Article from DFW Watchdog here

Sara
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Santa Rosa, CA
Post #: 1,952
"For a year, the board of directors of the Tarrant Appraisal District has unknowingly violated the Texas open-meetings law that requires government bodies to post their agendas publicly 72 hours before a meeting.

The idea, one of the most basic in participatory democracy, is to alert the public to topics that might be of interest so people can attend.

In a random check with the Tarrant County clerk's office to see who follows the 72-hour rule, The Watchdog found that the district had routinely missed the deadline."

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"North Texas Tollway Authority missed the three-day deadline in Tarrant County for five meetings in the past year."
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"Houston lawyer Joe Larsen, a board member at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said, "When you abridge the amount of notice you give, you are basically abridging the right of participation."

"Until the people of Texas, the citizens of Tarrant County and any other county begin to take notice and make this an issue, the district attorneys are going to continue to ignore it because they get pressure from their co-officeholders not to enforce it and they don't get much pressure from the public to enforce it. So to them, it's an easy call."

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