Houston, TX asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Texas

Q: Am I allowed to film public town meetings on my cell phone?

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Roxann Pais Cotroneo
Roxann Pais Cotroneo
  • Washington, DC
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Under Texas Government Code Section 551.023, a person in attendance may record all or any part of an open meeting by means of a recorder, video camera or other aural or visual reproduction. The governmental body may adopt reasonable rules to maintain order in a meeting including rules relating to (1) the location of recording equipment; and (2) the manner in which the recording is conducted. These rules may not prevent or unreasonably impair a person from exercising their rights to record.

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