History, and the Texas Civil Rights Project, are on our side. The Texas Civil Rights Project filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of Stephanie Townsend Allala in the lawsuit now pending before the Texas Supreme Court. Earlier this year, the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas also filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of Ms. Allala.

In addition, several appellate court rulings in Texas have upheld the right of public access to public discussion of public business between public officials. Any other conclusion would negate democratic checks and balances, and, thus, sully the democratic system.

In 2012, instead of providing public documents, El Paso City Council sued Ms. Allala, with the Texas Attorney General, who ruled the documents are public records. The El Paso City Council has spent more than $250,000 hiding public records.

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