Stop Senate Bill 1808

Hello current and former Texas Tax Group clients and friends.

On Friday March 13, 2015, Texas Senator Paul Bettencourt filed Senate Bill 1808. If passed, this bill would allow the Texas Comptroller to conceal the names of businesses under audit from the general public effective September 1, 2015.

This information has been an integral part of Texas Open Records law for over 20 years. Its also essential to the checks and balances system on which our government was founded. 

One of this bill’s many unintended consequences is to STOP the public as well as state tax consultants from identifying WHO the Texas Comptroller has selected for audit. This added secrecy would put many Texas businesses at risk since they would never receive marketing material from state tax specialist like Texas Tax Group.

Charlie the Contractor

Charlie the Contractor

One of our former clients named Charlie offered to help out by setting up an online petition on Change.org. Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and present them to Senator Bettencourt. In addition, I intend to ask the Senator for a meeting and request that he withdraw the bill which would deny access to this information without exception.

Over the past eight years Texas Tax Group has relied on this legally available source of information to help businesses like yours stay in business. So please sign the petition to Stop Senate Bill 1808:

https://www.change.org/p/paul-bettencourt-protect-texas-businesses-stop-senate-bill-1808?recruiter=258296486&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

Thanks for your support!

Dino

P.S. I have included the body of TITLE 5 – ‘Open Government: Ethics’ below. You can read for yourself why Texas has some of the most progressive Open Records laws in the country. This in turn has made Texa one of the most business friendly states in the history.

 

TITLE 5. OPEN GOVERNMENT;  ETHICS,  SUBTITLE A. OPEN GOVERNMENT,  CHAPTER 552. PUBLIC INFORMATION, SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 552.001.  POLICY;  CONSTRUCTION.  (a)  Under the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government that adheres to the principle that government is the servant and not the master of the people, it is the policy of this state that each person is entitled, unless otherwise expressly provided by law, at all times to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees.  The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.  The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.  The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed to implement this policy.

(b)  This chapter shall be liberally construed in favor of granting a request for information

 

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