With the legislative session underway in Austin, voters can expect lawmakers to bring forward a number of regularly debated topics. Property tax reform, school funding and solutions to the crisis on the Texas-Mexico border are high-profile, important issues that resonate well with voters.

Less sexy — and rarely mentioned over coffee at the local diner — are bills that would diminish the public’s awareness of what government plans to do for you and to you — while using your tax dollars to do it. That’s exactly what would happen with the passage of bills that would diminish the age-old requirement for public notices in the newspaper.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

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Charlotte O'rourke

“This is a key element of this entire discussion. We live in a free democracy in great part because our government is required to do its business within view and knowledge of its citizens.”

I am supportive and hope the GDN steps up it’s reporting and scrutiny of our major boards failing to post committees like the Executive Committee on the Parks Board, failure to provide backup on what the topic is about which limits commentary, and holding executive sessions on inappropriate topics by our major boards.

Whether you go left or right it’s all about transparency and the debate being conducted in the open.

Bailey Jones

Transparency is the new buzzword. Governments must work to ensure that it's not just buzz.

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