In a stunningly innovative stonewalling effort, the Plano Economic Development Board last month obtained an injunction against a citizen which prevented him from submitting records requests by preventing him from coming within the 500 feet of the office. (Read our news story here The Board alleges that Jack Lagos became violent and hostile about the Boards decision not to respond to his records requests. Lagos claims that the board is taking his remarks out of context. The local court agreed with the board, determining that Lagos was a nuisance to the private business and issued the restraining order for the board as well as its more prominent members including the Mayor and the City manager.
While we must laud their creative attempts to thwart Lagos records request, we can hardly consider it to be a legal response. The injunction rests on the premise that the development board is a private agency. Hopefully the higher Texas courts will realize that the board clearly falls within the scope of the law and and orders the release of the records. To learn more about the application of the Texas Public Information Act to private agencies see our page, Private agency, public dollars, Texas. Best of luck to Jack Lagos in his appeal!