Tag Archives: Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas

Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas panel discusses statewide case management system

Members from the media, courts, and government talked about privacy and transparency during a panel discussion about a statewide case management system at the Freedom of Information of Texas annual conference on September 14 in downtown Austin. Currently about 200 judges use re:SearchTX, a secure web portal that includes all electronic filings as of January … Continue Reading

Opinion: To celebrate Sunshine Week, cherish our Texas transparency

By Kelley Shannon We Texans have a history of straight talk and openness, and our state’s public information laws reflect it. Shining light on our government allows democracy to flourish. As we celebrate that light during national Sunshine Week from March 13-19, let’s be thankful that Texas laws value the public’s right to know through … Continue Reading

When seeking public records, know your rights, responsibilities

If you’ve seen news reports on suspicious state contracts or chemical waste pits or officials’ text messages in the Waco biker shootout, you may notice a recurring theme: government records obtained through the Texas Public Information Act. Fortunately, our state’s public information law, created in the early 1970s, presumes that government records are open unless … Continue Reading

FOIFT annual conference pushes transparency, offers honors

A crowd of about 175 gathered Thursday at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ annual state conference and awards luncheon to honor legislators, advocates and award-winning journalists who push for transparency in government. Former Sen. Don Adams received the James Madison Award for his legacy; writing and passing the first Texas Open Records Act … Continue Reading

Entries sought for 2015 Texas Gavel Awards

Starting today, the State Bar of Texas is accepting submissions for the 2015 Texas Gavel Awards, honoring journalism that fosters public understanding of the legal system. Entries published or broadcast during the 2014 calendar year will be accepted for the print, broadcast, and online categories until 5 p.m. April 1. Awards will be presented Sept. … Continue Reading