Texas Officials Lose Open Meetings Act Fight In High Court

Law360, Houston (March 25, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a challenge to the Texas Open Meetings Act by public officials who say their freedom of speech has been stifled through the imposition of criminal penalties upon private communications they say the law was not meant to target.

The high court refused to consider a request by a group of 15 city council members from a dozen cities across the state to overturn a Fifth Circuit decision upholding the act’s constitutionality. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a...
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