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alI 'l'1)IRNEY GENERAL
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Honorable V. Murray Jordan
D .ar Mr. Jordan:
Opinion No. M-180
Re: Whether under S.B. 94, Acts
60th Legislature, Regular
Session, Ch. 271, p. 597
(codified as Article 6252'-17,
V.C.S.) the phrase "open to
the public" requires the
county commissioners court
to allow live radio broad-
cast of its meetings or to
permit the taping thereof
for broadcast at a later time.
In your request for an opinion from this office you
state the following:
"The Commissioners' Court of McCulloch
County, Texas, has asked that I request an
opinion of your office as to the meaning of
Senate Bill Number 94, passed May 23, 1967,
concerning public meetings of governmental
"The particular inquiry requested concerns
the meaning of the phrase 'open to the public'
as used in Section 1 (a) of the Act. A local
radio station has stated that it intends to
broadcast live over the radio the actual pro-
ceedings of the Commissioners' Court, and in
the alternative it intends to tape record the
meetings and broadcast them at a later time
over the radio.
"The question the Court would like answered
is whether or not the phrase 'open to the public'
encompasses the requirement that the Court allow,
first, the live broadcast of its meeting and,
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