Monday, May 28, 2007

Dirty little secrets and how the Lege tries to bury them

HB2564 is sitting on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature, we need to encourage him to veto this bill. This bill increases the costs of a TXPIA request dramatically if it takes more than 36 hours of research time to fulfill, and that hourly quota is cumulative per year. You'd think that the newspapers and other media would be raising nine kinds of hell about this. Well, you see the newspapers and broadcast media are getting a break. There was a last minute amendment to the bill that exempted any print publication that was legally qualified to print legal notices as well as any media outlet that is licensed by the FCC. Bloggers? Individuals trying to keep an eye on our school districts and MUD districts? We get the shaft!

And why was this carve out done? Ask Ken Whalen.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Royko said...

HB2564 - New restrictions on TX Public Information Act Requests.

They are a little too smart for their own good. The exception #6 does not specify commercial, just any radio station with an FCC license.

Go get an amateur radio license. I am licensed by the FCC and hold an active valid station license. They can pleasure themselves!

I think everyone needs to be an amateur operator anyway. This should be good for the next two years, I hope. You folks need to get voters to throw these elected rascals out of office.

May 28, 2007 7:18 PM  
Blogger Thunder said...

If anyone said that this was a snake pit..... then that would be the understatement of the year or century.

You cannot curb free speech, free press and certainly not bloggers....

Gig um Rorschach!

May 28, 2007 7:23 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

The final text is here:
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/html/HB02564F.htm

I have an out, I'm an elected official....

May 28, 2007 8:29 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

Thunder, that statement is completely unfair to snakes.

There is some contention whether my position would qualify as an elected official for this purpose. I am elected during party primaries and I serve as election judge for the political subdivision of Precinct 500. During an election I am an officer of the state and I hold the same power as a State District Judge for that day. Therefore I contend that it would, but of course my opinion means nothing.

May 28, 2007 9:02 PM  
Blogger Ride said...

I don't know how how many state legislators read this blog, but I for one asked for an open records request of Debbie Riddle to provide any contacts made and all paperwork she may have relative to HB2564.

Royko is right. These scalliwags need to go! And if you don't know the meaning of the word, go google it. It fits these political whores to a "T."

Pathetic!

May 30, 2007 7:41 AM  

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