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Texas Supreme Court ruling guts transparency of private/public partnerships

from Michael Schneider, TAB Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs

In a profound 6-3 ruling, the Texas Supreme Court said the Greater Houston Partnership does not have to open its books to public scrutiny of its publicly-funded economic development activities. The decision turned the clock back on nearly 40 years of Texas Public Information Act case law that said private entities receiving government money were required to release certain information if they passed a series of legal tests such as functioning as an arm of the government. more

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