From the Office of Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General
Dear Fellow Texans:
The Texas Open Meetings Act sets requirements for state and local governmental entities to conduct open meetings and make information relating to governmental conduct and actions accessible to the public. This transparency provides Texans with a more complete understanding of how their government works, and, when necessary, provides them an opportunity to hold their public officials accountable.
As Texas Attorney General, I am responsible for ensuring that Texas government is open and accessible to all citizens. In order to help public officials successfully comply with the provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, and help all Texans understand how the Act benefits them, my office provides a number of resources, including this Open Meetings Act Handbook. This Handbook is freely available on the Internet.. Additionally, our Open Government Hotline is available for those with questions about open government in Texas.
The toll-free number is 877-OPEN TEX (877-673-6839).
Providing public access to the governmental decision-making process creates necessary trust and understanding in officials and in the system. Public accountability is imperative in a free society, and it is my hope that the Handbook will help promote an open and inclusive system of government in Texas that benefits all of our citizens.
Attorney General of Texas