Texas Attorney General Opinion: M-180 Page: 3 of 3
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lion. V. Murray Jordan, page 3 (M-180)
broad discretion to accomplish the purposes intended. Anderson
v. Wood, 137 Tex. 201, 152 S.W.2d 1084 (1941).
In Southwestern Broadcasting Co. v. 011( Center Broad-
casting Co., 210 S.W.2d 230 (Tex.tCivA-pp. 147, error ref. n.r.e.),
the court held that an independent school district has the right
to prevent a broadcasting company from transmitting radio broad-
casts from the school district football field. At page 234, the
court held as follows:
9 . .If the District does not desire KOSA
to broadcast from the football field which it owns,
and has a right to exclusive possession and control,
it has a right to prevent such conduct, In case
the party falls to cease such conduct, it has the
right to use such force as it /Cic7 necessary to
eject him from the field. ...
"In our opinion, the appellants have no grounds
to complain of a temporary injunction that forbids
them from broadcasting from premises in the ex-
clusive control of the District and which enjoins
them from using the field equipment which the Tele-
phone Company has no right to maintain on the field
against the will of the District. ...
The commissioners court has the authority to make
reasonable rules and regulations concerning its meetings and has
the authority to prevent the live radio broadcast of Its meet-
ings or the taping thereof for broadcast at a later time. The
prevention of such broadcast would not keep the meetings.from
being open to the "public." Estes v. Texas, 3a1 U.S. 532 (1965).
The phrase "open to the public" contatlied in
Senate Bill 94, Acts 60th Legislature, RCerular
S'nqsion, (h. 271, p. 597 (codified as Article
6252-17, vernon's Civil Statutes), does not re-
quire the commissioners court to allow the ltve
broadcast of its meetings or to permit the taping
thereof for broadcast at a later time.
y truly yours,
A W RD C. MARtIN
Attney General of Texas
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