Quick Reference Guide to Texas Open Meetings Act
Quick reference guide for Texas Open Meeting Act
What is the Texas Open Meetings Act?The Texas Open Meetings Act applies when a quorum of a governmental body meet to discuss government business. A "quorum" means a simple majority of the members must be present. A "simple majority" means 50% +1.
Notice of a meeting must be continuously posted for 72 hours and identify the date, time, place and subject matter for discussion. Using terms such as "old business" and "new business" is insufficient.
Are there Open Meeting Exceptions?Yes, a governmental body may meet in closed session for any of the these reasons found in Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code:
Sec. 551.071 - Attorney Consultation;
Sec. 551.072 - Purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property;
Sec. 551.073 - Contract for prospective gift or donation to the City;
Sec. 551.074 - Personnel matters;
Sec. 551.076 - Implementation of security personnel or devices;
Sec. 551.087 - Deliberations on economic development negotiations;
Prior to entering into a closed session, the chair must state the reason and time for it. The entity may NOT vote in a closed meeting.