PYT Client Alert: Remote Open Meetings

Governor Abbott Allows Virtual And Telephonic Open Meetings To Maintain Government Transparency

Yesterday, exercising broad powers under Texas Government Code, Section 418.016, Governor Abbott suspended various Texas open Meetings Act provisions that require government officials and members of the public to be physically present at a specified meeting location. This temporary suspension will leave important open-meeting protections in place:

  • Members of the public will be entitled to participate and address the governmental body during any telephonic or videoconference meeting.
  • To hold a telephonic or videoconference meeting, a governmental body must post a written notice that gives the public a way to participate remotely, such as a toll-free dial-in number, and that includes an electronic copy of any agenda packet that officials will consider at the meeting.
  • A governmental body must provide the public with access to a recording of any telephonic or videoconference meeting.

PYT School Zone: Discussing COVID-19 with Dr. J.D. Sheffield

David Torres sat down with Dr. J.D. Sheffield to talk about the symptoms of COVID-19, how to determine whether you have the coronavirus or simply really bad allergies, and the impact COVID-19 will have on Texas public schools.

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