A general law practice for the Texas Hill Country.
Chelita C. Riley
Attorney General Greg Abbott said it best;
“There’s perhaps no clearer sign of a healthy democracy than a government that keeps its information and its meetings accessible to the people it serves,” “Public trust is fostered when citizens can find out what their government is doing. Texas open government laws make that knowledge possible.”
Are citizens entitled to information regarding how decisions are made by their locally-elected officials and how these elected officials are spending their tax dollars? I think so. If you have questions about your local government, you are entitled to that information. If this requires copying information, you will be charged.
Does all government work for the citizens? I think so.
Do citizens have a right to question the methods and reach of government? I think so.
Can government provide better services by listening to their citizens? I think so.
Government, whether it is local, state or federal, provides valuable services to citizens. It is our job as citizens to hold them accountable for what we elect them to do and to ensure that their powers are not overreaching. I encourage all citizens to stay enformed and to question the methods, plans, and authority of any government entity. That is our responsibility.