Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Saturday, February 20, 1999

CORNYN ANNOUNCES OPEN GOVERNMENT SUMMIT

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced that he will hold an open government "summit" on February 26th to discuss ideas to make government records more open and accessible.

"The citizens of Texas have the right to know what their government is doing," said General Cornyn. "One of my priorities is seeing to it that more government records are open to public scrutiny, and that these records are made available sooner rather than later."

Rob Wiley, Chairman of the Freedom of Information Foundation and an outspoken open government advocate, said, "This leadership summit is a necessary forum for educating the public and government agencies on the importance of open government records."

The open government leadership summit will include a discussion of how the Office of the Attorney General can facilitate open government. The various topics to be discussed will include requests for open record opinions, informal resolution of open records disputes, reduction in the number of reconsiderations, education of local government officials about open records laws, and prosecution of those who defy the law.

The leadership summit will be held at the Office of the Attorney General on Friday, February 26th at 9:30 am

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