PYT Client Alert: AG Opinion on OMA

Authority of a governmental body to regulate public comment sessions during open meetings

Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, has released an opinion interpreting the new OMA requirement allowing public comment on any item on an agenda.

In his opinon, AG Paxton states that public comment can be at one time during the meeting as long as comment is allowed before any action is taken by the Board. Reasonable restrictions, including time limits, are also allowed.

COVID-19 Trends as of 4/23

Today's COVID-19 Trends report is pulled from the numbers reported on April 23, 2020. There has been some overall flattening out, but Texas is still significantly behind in mass testing and continues to report new numbers daily. We did have two big spikes in cases and deaths in the last two days.

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As always, PYT will do our best to stay on top of the latest news, but in the meantime continuously check with the Texas Education Agency, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most recent reports concerning COVID-19 and what your school district can do to stay ahead of the illness.