At the state Capitol, the FOI Foundation of Texas supports bills promoting transparency in government and protecting the rights of free speech and a free press.
The Foundation staff and volunteers promoted bills in the 84th Legislature in 2015 that would strengthen the Texas Public Information Act as it covers private emails dealing with government business; make private college police records open to public view; and ensure that journalists can accurately report on serious allegations of public concern.
Among the successful open government bills in the 2013 session were measures updating the Texas Public Information Act to include government communications on all electronic devices; allowing public access to written communications among members of an elected body outside of public meetings; and encouraging retractions in erroneous published or broadcast reports to minimize defamation lawsuits. See the articles below for more information on these and other efforts to keep information and government accessible.
- Texas Adopts the Defamation Mitigation Act, Laura Prather, Haynes & Boone, LLP
- Legislative Update: 2013 Session, Laura Prather, Thomas Williams, Haynes & Boone, LLP
- New Laws Protecting Texas Newsrooms, Laura Prather, Haynes & Boone, LLP
- Texas Citizen Participation Act Gets Stronger, Laura Prather, Haynes & Boone, LLP