Texas House halts effort to ensure access to public information

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The Texas House has thwarted an effort to patch what some called “glaring loopholes” in public records law, recently punched by the Texas Supreme Court. In a last-ditch maneuver last week, the Senate attached a slew of amendments aiming to bolster access to government information — key provisions of bills languishing in a House committee — to legislation the House had already approved. The aim was to muscle the proposals to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk all at once. But the House parliamentarian on Thursday ruled the amendments were not relevant to Rep. Eddie Lucio’s House Bill 2328, whi...

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