When it comes to public information, the stance of many government entities is that less is more. The Obama administration spent a record $36 million in lawsuits fighting freedom of information requests, and things don’t seem to be faring better at the state level.
Shannon says two Texas Supreme Court rulings in 2015 undercut the Texas Public Information Act.
“There are a lot of records now that are off-limits because of those rulings,” she says. “We were looking to the Texas Legislature to try to fix that this session, but unfortunately they did not.”
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– Who, apart from members of the press, uses public records
– What happened to bills that addressed transparency and freedom of information
– Whether Texas is moving in the direction of less transparency
Written by Molly Smith.