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Texas Mandating Open Records, Meeting Training

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Starting in January, Texas officials will have to take a two-hour training course designed to get everyone on the public payroll up to speed on the state’s open meetings and records laws. There are a couple hitches in the legislation mandating the training:: Top officials can opt out, instead sending their public information officers, who are probably the most likely to already know and understand the law. And there’s no provision for a refresher, even for agencies that may have a poor compliance record. (9/15/05