Cities out of open meet­ings suit

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

U.S. Judge Robert Junell on Wed­nes­day dis­missed Pflugerville and three other cities from a law­suit chal­leng­ing the Texas Open Meet­ings Act as un­con­sti­tu­tional.

The law­suit against Texas and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Greg Abbott will con­tinue, how­ever, be­cause 17 elected of­fi­cials are also part of the le­gal ac­tion, which claims en­forc­ing open meet­ings laws would vi­o­late the First Amend­ment.

Junell ruled that free speech is an in­di­vid­ual right that does not per­tain to cities. The other cities dropped from the law­suit were Alpine, Rock­port and Wi­chita Falls.

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