Texas AG Wants Cities Out of Open Meetings Lawsuit

Staff Report
The Associated Press

PECOS, Texas (AP) - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says four cities don't belong in a federal lawsuit challenging the state's open meetings law.

Abbott argued in a brief filed Tuesday in federal court in Pecos that Alpine, Pflugerville, Rockport, and Wichita Falls lack standing in the suit because they don't have First Amendment rights.

Abbott says that unlike 15 elected officials bringing the lawsuit, the cities are "creatures of the state" and can't make constitutional claims against the state.

The plaintiffs argue that the Texas Open Meetings Act shouldn't prevent some communication from being considered a quorum outside a posted meeting. Their claim includes e-mails and messages from social networking sites.