Home | About | Contact | Photo Gallery

Texas Open Meetings Act

The Texas Open Meeting Act, enacted in 1967, has been amended almost every legislative session since progressions, such as technology, have changed the communication landscape over the past four decades. This act is especially important to governing boards of Community Colleges, as it affects every board and committe meeting of the institution. A number of important elements include:

  • Public notice of each meeting must be posted in a readily accessible loation at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting with proper notation of the date, hour, place and subject of each meeting held by the board.
  • Courts have recognized a general constitutional right to address and petiition a governing body, thus a public comment session may be added to a meeting agenda.

Effective January 1, 2006, elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. The Office of the Attorney General offers free video training courses, which were developed in compliance with a mandate from the 79th Texas Legislature that the Attorney General establish the formal training necessary to ensure that all elected and appointed government officials have a good command of both open records and open meetings laws.

Open Government Training Link

Office of the Attorney General Open Meetings Publication