ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Three cities and council members from 18 others are plotting a new challenge to state law requiring open government meetings.
Alpine City Attorney Rod Ponton says Pflugerville and Rockport councils have voted to join the challenge, as have council members from Lewisville, Carrollton, Boerne and 15 other cities.
However, the Abilene City Council voted 4-3 Wednesday to table a request to join the lawsuit. Ponton says he plans to file the suit in federal court in Pecos before year's end. He says prospective plaintiffs support the law, but with changes. Keith Elkins is executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
He says officials have nothing to fear from present law if they're "doing business out in the open."