What You Need to Know about Texas Public Records and Open Meetings

Lorman Education Services
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Professional Course
1.5 hours

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What You Need to Know about Texas Public Records and Open Meetings

What You Need to Know about Texas Public Records and Open Meetings

Understand public records and open meetings law in Texas so you can stay compliant and use them to your advantage. As a governmental entity, you are required to comply with the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) and the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA). However, many governmental entities do not understand the requirements of the TPIA and TOMA and are likely at risk for noncompliance. This topic provides a broad overview of the TPIA and helps the persons responsible for handling open records requests to accurately and efficiently respond to such requests, to clarify such requests, to understand the timelines for requests, and to know how/when to send a request for information to the Attorney General for an opinion. The material will follow a sample request through the process to help explain the process a governmental entity should use upon receiving an open records request. Failing to understand how the process works is the most common error governmental entities make and can often lead to the required disclosure of protected documents. This topic will also provide a basic overview of TOMA as well as some of the common mistakes made by governmental entities. This material will provide a checklist for compliance prior to the meeting through the conclusion of the meeting.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to define the key components of a duly-called meeting of a governmental body.
  • You will be able to describe the process for responding to Public Information Act requests.
  • You will be able to identify potential pitfalls with respect to compliance with the Texas Public Information Act.
  • You will be able to explain and recognize common mistakes and/or misperceptions regarding the Texas Open Meetings Act.

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    Who should attend?

    This live webinar is designed for attorneys, public information and records managers, city managers, county and municipal officials, law enforcement officials and school administrators.

    Training content

    • Purpose of Open GovernmentTexas Public Information Act
    • Public Information Contained in Records of All Forms–Text Messages and Personal Email Communications–Personal Notes
    • Inspection – Use of Cell Phone Camera
    • General Rule – Presumption That Documents Held by Governmental Entity Are Public–Most Common Exceptions to Disclosure
    • Sample Request–Receipt of the Request–Clarification of the Request–Cost Estimate–Requesting Opinions From the Texas Attorney General–Reviewing and Redacting DocumentsTexas Open Meetings Act
    • Before the Meeting–Notice–Agenda–What Constitutes a Meeting
    • At the Meeting–Open Session–Closed Session
    • Enforcement–Criminal Penalties–Voidable Action

    Costs

    The cost of this What You Need to Know about Texas Public Records and Open Meetings live webinar is $99 per participant.

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