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Bills in the Legislature Could Either Expand or Restrict Access to Public Information

Transparency — or the lack thereof — has been an ongoing discussion as of late, especially in the Texas Legislature. Houston Democratic Rep. Borris Miles recently filed legislation to increase transparency when it comes to complaints against Houston police officers. On the other side of the coin, Republican Rep. Mike Schofield from Katy is looking […]

Transparency — or the lack thereof — has been an ongoing discussion as of late, especially in the Texas Legislature.

Houston Democratic Rep. Borris Miles recently filed legislation to increase transparency when it comes to complaints against Houston police officers. On the other side of the coin, Republican Rep. Mike Schofield from Katy is looking to introduce legislation that limits the scope of the Texas Public Information Act to Texans.

Whether Schofield’s legislation, House Bill 1118 gathers any momentum remains to be seen, but we decided to explore what the Public Information Act means and how it’s been interpreted over the years — including most recently by the Supreme Court — with Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, professor at South Texas College of Law.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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