Paris News Column: Time to fight for your information rights

By Klark Byrd
The Paris News
Originally published Dec. 2, 2018

Texas Sunshine Laws are bumming me out.

Sunshine Laws protect the public’s right to access information generated by the government and the right to witness proceedings of government agencies, boards and committees. There’s usually two parts, a public information act and an open meetings act.

Texas, like every other state in which I’ve practiced journalism, has both acts. Unfortunately, Texas’ Sunshine Laws do little to no good.

Sources in my research tell me that wasn’t always the case. In fact, I’ve learned Texas’ protection of the public’s right to know was once the envy of the nation.
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