Benckenstein & Oxford, L.L.P. is proud to represent numerous local governmental entities including cities, counties, police and fire departments, and local water and utility districts. Our expertise includes creation of entities, open meeting/open records issues, contract negotiations, land acquisition, condemnation suits, employment issues, obtaining attorney general opinions, Texas Tort Claims Act, and civil rights disputes. We also monitor pending legislation that affects these entities.
The Attorney General for the State of Texas aggressively pursues open meeting/open records violations. The Texas Legislature has recently passed several laws designed to promote open government. Our experience with the Open Meetings/Open Records laws and can assist entities in complying with the rules. The following web page provides useful information to help any entity or individuals serving on boards to understanding the Open meeting/Open Records rules: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/opinopen/opengovt.shtml
Effective January 1, 2006, elected and appointed public officials are required by law to receive training in Texas open government laws. The Office of the Attorney General offers free video training courses, which were developed in compliance with a mandate from the 79th Texas Legislature that the Attorney General establish the formal training necessary to ensure that all elected officials and appointed governmental officials have a good command of both the open meeting laws and the open records laws. For more information, visit: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/opinopen/og_training.shtml.
Also, depending on the nature of the governmental entity, there are new rules relating to Financial Statements and Vendor Disclosures of executive staff and board members. For more information, please contact us.
Contact: Hubert Oxford, III
Contact: Hubert Oxford, IV
Contact: Joshua C. Heinz
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