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.
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.
The latest COVID-19 News
- Austin, Dallas, and Houston have shuttered restaurants and bars forcing them to go to takeout service only. Dallas and Houston have prohibited groups above 50 and Austin has banned gatherings above 10.
- Governor Abbot will host a live statewide Town Hall with Nextstar Broadcasting on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. to provide an update on COVID-19 Response.
- Amazon Says it’s Prioritizing Household Staples, Medical Supplies As it Struggles With Coronavirus Orders
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