TML Coronavirus Update

Jan 07

[ARCHIVED] January 7, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #163

The original item was published from January 7, 2021 3:46 PM to January 12, 2021 12:21 PM


Urgent Updates


What is the status of the suspended Open Meetings Act provisions?


On Tuesday (January 5), the governor’s office extended the Open Meetings Act suspensions for another 30 days. Previously, on March 16, the governor granted the office of the attorney general’s request for suspension of certain open meeting statutes. The temporary suspension allows, among other things, for telephonic or videoconference meetings of governmental bodies that are accessible to the public in an effort to reduce in-person meetings that assemble large groups of people. The guidance associated with the suspension provides that: “These suspensions are in effect until terminated by the office of the governor, or until the March 13, 2020, disaster declaration is lifted or expires.” The March 13 declaration has been extended for successive 30-day periods, including Monday’s extension. That means the relevant open meetings laws remain suspended for at least another 30 days (or until affirmatively rescinded). 


We still can’t be certain, but it is highly likely that the governor will continue to repeatedly extend his declarations. We’ve heard from his staff that they have no immediate plans to rescind the suspensions, which are sensible and seem to be working well, but that can’t be guaranteed.


How are city sales taxes doing during Coronavirus?


Actually well, recently. Yesterday, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that January city sales taxes were up 3.4% over January 2020. 


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.