City of Sugar Land changes course, posts notice to comply with open meetings act

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In an update to a story first reported on May 29, 2016 titled “Are Fort Bend officials meeting in violation of the Texas open meetings act? the City of Sugar Land posted a public notice of a third-party hosted meeting in order to be compliant with the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act and subsequent opinions of the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

The third-party hosted meeting was scheduled by the Fort Bend County Mayor and Council Member Association and according to the public notice posted on the City of Sugar Land website, the focus of the June 23, 2016 meeting was the 2017 Legislative Agenda & Proposed Revenue caps.

The posted notice also read that the City of Sugar Land has no control or knowledge of the specific legislative topics to be discussed:

“The City of Sugar Land has no control or knowledge of the specific legislative topics that may be discussed, however it is reasonable to anticipate that there may be a broad range of municipal issues and topics discussed to include but not limited to revenues and tax rate.”

Documents obtained through open records requests revealed the Fort Bend County Mayor and Council Member Association met on eight occasions in 2015 and the City of Sugar Land hosted the June 25, 2015 meeting of the FBCMCMA at Constellation Field 06-fort-bend-county-mayors-council-as-5th-constellation-field_redacted-pdf

A review of the 2015 posted public notices on the City of Sugar Land website show the City of Sugar Land did not post a notice of its hosting the June 25, 2015 meeting at Constellation Field.sugar-land-tx-official-website-fiscal-year-2015-archives

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