Taxpayers needs to know how money is spent, say advocates for closing hole in Texas open records law

By Robert T. Garrett
The Dallas Morning News
Originally published Dec. 27, 2018

AUSTIN — Open government advocates in Texas say a 3½-year-old court decision, probably unintentionally, has blown a growing hole in the state’s transparency about how taxpayers’ money is spent.

Conservative and liberal think tanks, government watchdogs, consumer groups and industries that depend on robust access to public records, such as newspapers and broadcasters, have formed the Texas Sunshine Coalition

They want the Legislature next year to dial back secrecy that a 2015 Texas Supreme Court decision encouraged, but the fight will be heated.

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