Open Government & the Open Meetings Act

The City of Liberty believes in and is committed to its meetings being open to the public. The Texas Open Meetings Act (Tex. Govt. Code. Ann. Ch. 551) provides that meetings of governmental bodies must be open to the public, except for authorized executive sessions, and that notice of the time, place, and subject matter of the meetings must be posted at least seventy-two (72) hours in advance, except in authorized cases of emergency. Notice of the meetings of the Liberty City Council are posted outside both the Travis Street and Milam Street entrances to the City Hall building at 1829 sam Houston Avenue in Liberty, Texas, and are also published on the City of Liberty website.

Executive sessions of the City Council may be held for the purpose of consulting with the City Attorney, deliberations about real property, Homeland Security issues, economic development, deliberations about gifts or donations, personnel matters, and deliberations about security devices. All final actions about a matter discussed in an executive session must be made in an open meeting.

The law requires minutes of all open meetings be taken and made available to the public upon request in accordance with the Texas Public Information Act (Tex. Govt. Code Ann. Ch. 552). A certified agenda must be kept of all executive sessions, but is not available to the public except by a court order.

Read the Open Meetings Act and the Explanation of the Open Meetings Act.