Show navigation

Available in:

OnDemand Webinar
Audio & Reference Manual
MP3 Download

What You Need to Know about Texas Public Records and Open Meetings

Understand public records and open meetings law in Texas so you can stay compliant and use them to your advantage.As a governmental entity, you are required to comply with the Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) and the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA). However, many governmental entities do not understand the requirements of the TPIA and TOMA and are likely at risk for noncompliance. This topic provides a broad overview of the TPIA and helps the persons responsible for handling open records requests to accurately and efficiently respond to such requests, to clarify such requests, to understand the timelines for requests, and to know how/when to send a request for information to the Attorney General for an opinion. The material will follow a sample request through the process to help explain the process a governmental entity should use upon receiving an open records request. Failing to understand how the process works is the most common error governmental entities make and can often lead to the required disclosure of protected documents. This topic will also provide a basic overview of TOMA as well as some of the common mistakes made by governmental entities. This material will provide a checklist for compliance prior to the meeting through the conclusion of the meeting.


Runtime: 92 minutes
Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 30 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Agenda

Purpose of Open Government

Texas Public Information Act

  • Public Information Contained in Records of All Forms

Text Messages and Personal Email Communications

Personal Notes

  • Inspection Use of Cell Phone Camera
  • General Rule Presumption That Documents Held by Governmental Entity Are Public

Most Common Exceptions to Disclosure

  • Sample Request

Receipt of the Request

Clarification of the Request

Cost Estimate

Requesting Opinions From the Texas Attorney General

Reviewing and Redacting Documents

Texas Open Meetings Act

  • Before the Meeting

Notice

Agenda

What Constitutes a Meeting

  • At the Meeting

Open Session

Closed Session

  • Enforcement

Criminal Penalties

Voidable Action

Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 30 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Credits

OnDemand Webinar

This course was last revised on December 7, 2016.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

  • TX MCLE 1.5 including Administrative Law 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 1.5 credit hours. Lorman Education Services is an accredited sponsor, approved by the State Bar of Texas, Committee on MCLE. This course is eligible for specialization credits in the area(s) of Administrative Law for 1.50 hours. This program has been approved by the Texas State Bar College for 1.5 hours of CLE credit.
     

To earn each credit Lorman offers through the OnDemand learning platform, you need to watch 100% of the program. Also, for certain credits you will need to fulfill additional requirements which will be displayed on the "credits" tab when viewing the course.

Audio & Reference Manual

No credit available.

MP3 Download

No credit available.

Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 30 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

Faculty

No photo available

Lucas Henry

Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.

Lauren Wood

Lauren Wood

Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.

  • Attorney at Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C.
  • Practice is focused on school law, representing public school districts, private schools, and colleges, with extensive experience handling Public Information Act requests
  • The school law section conducts regular seminars and trainings on all issues that affect our clients, including, but not limited to, employee investigations, open government, training for school boards, Fair Labor Standards Act, and religion and public employees
  • J.D. degree, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, SMU Law Review, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law; B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, University of Texas at Dallas; B.A. degree, Texas A&M University
  • Member of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Council of School Attorneys and Collin County Bar Association
  • Can be contacted at 214-544-4000 or lwood@abernathy-law.com
Purchase Options

More Program Information

Why Lorman?

Over 30 years and 1.4 million customers worth of experience providing continuing education. Our passion is providing you world-class training to help you succeed in business and as a professional.

All of your training, right here at Lorman.

Pay once and get a full year of unlimited training in any format, any time!

  • Live Webinars
  • OnDemand Webinars
  • MP3 Downloads
  • Course Manuals
  • Audio Recordings*
  • Executive Reports
  • White Papers and Articles
  • Sponsored Live Webinars

Additional benefits include:

  • State Specific Credit Tracker
  • Members Only Newsletter
  • All-Access Pass Course Concierge

* For audio recordings you only pay shipping

Questions? Call 877-296-2169 to speak with a real person.

Sign Up Today
With This Course

Access to all training products for one year
$699/year

Unlimited Lorman Training

With the All-Access Pass there is no guessing what you will need for your yearly training budget. $699 will cover all of your training needs for an entire year!

Easy Registrations

Once you purchase your All-Access Pass you will never be any further than one-click away from attending any Lorman training course.

Invest in Yourself

You haven't gotten to where you are professionally by luck alone; it's taken a lot of hard work and training. Invest in yourself with the All-Access Pass.

Product ID: 397155
Published 2016
Purchase Options

Available in Multiple Formats

Purchase this course and learn on your schedule!