Texas: Open meetings law infringes on free speech.

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Texas: Open meetings law infringes on free speech.

Postby rabble » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:50 am

The Texas Open Meetings Act requires that most government meetings be open to the general public.

In response, Texas municipal officials did what most officials do when faced with mandatory transparency: they tried to get the law thrown out as a violation of their First Amendment rights.

Fifteen city council members from across Texas, including Mel Leblanc from Arlington and Henry Wilson from Hurst, sued the state in Midland Federal Court, arguing the law requiring public government meetings criminalizes political speech based on content, is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.

And later on they argue that it's also too complicated. And too simple.

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