Transparency amid pandemic: Is government using COVID-19 to withhold public information?

By John C. Moritz
Austin Bureau, USA Today Network
Originally published June 4, 2020

AUSTIN — Two influential state lawmakers say some state and local governments are using the coronavirus pandemic to undermine Texas’ open meetings and open records laws and they are already gearing up to close loopholes when the Legislative session convenes in January.

“You’re either for open government, or you’re not,” state Rep. Todd Hunter said during an online seminar on government transparency organized Thursday by the Texas Freedom of Information Foundation and the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce.

“If you’re in the business of creating speed bumps (to stop or delay the release of public information), you’re not for it.”

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