Texas Senate approves third party allegation reporting bill

The Texas Senate approved legislation Wednesday that allows journalists to accurately report on third party allegations on matters of public importance.

Senate Bill 627 by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, was agreed upon by the Texas Press Association, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and others.

It clarifies a recent Texas Supreme Court decision and allows reporting on allegations that shine light on such matters as contracting wrongdoing, youth commission abuse and mistreatment of special education students.

A similar measure, House Bill 1766, is pending in a House committee.