1st Amendment Orgs Back Wide View Of Texas Public Info Act

Law360, Houston (May 6, 2015, 7:31 PM EDT) -- A pair of Texas First Amendment groups have asked the Texas Supreme Court to rule that nonprofit Greater Houston Partnership's public funding qualifies it as a governmental body under the state's Public Information Act and should be required to comply with a public records request from 2008.

The organization is appealing a trial court's ruling that ordered the nonprofit to turn over financial information to a citizen who filed a PIA request, a decision that was affirmed by a Texas court of appeals in 2013. That appeals court said that the organization's receipt of Houston public funds “to provide economic development...

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