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PEDC Special Called Meeting on Tuesday

Steve Grubbs, PEDC Chair
Steve Grubbs,
PEDC Chair

The Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) has called a Special Meeting on Tuesday, August 5th at 4pm in the Community Room at the Depot, located at 1125 Bonham Street.

The PEDC board will convene into a closed Executive Session to seek legal advice from its attorney regarding the preliminary investigatory report by Defenbaugh & Associates as well as advice on section 551.074 of the Texas Government Code on the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties of the executive director, assistant director of interim director.

Under sec. 552.301 of the Texas Government Code relating to Public Information, the PEDC board could decide to request a decision from the Attorney General if they wish to withhold any part of the Defenbaugh report from the public if they deem it to fall under one of the exceptions to public disclosure under subchapter C of section 552.

Section 552.301 states: REQUEST FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL DECISION.  (a)  A governmental body that receives a written request for information that it wishes to withhold from public disclosure and that it considers to be within one of the exceptions under Subchapter C  must ask for a decision from the attorney general about whether the information is within that exception if there has not been a previous determination about whether the information falls within one of the exceptions.

The PEDC board has 10 business days after a written request for the PEDC Report has been made, to in turn request a ruling from the Attorney General to withhold any of the information included in the report.

However, if the board decides not to request an attorney general decision, then per sec. 552.302 “the information requested in writing is presumed to be subject to required public disclosure and must be released unless there is a compelling reason to withhold the information.”

eParisExtra.com has made a written request to receive the PEDC report. Currently, the seven members of City Council and the five members of the PEDC board have signed confidentiality agreements and received copies of the report.

Sec. 552.353 of the Texas Code deals with distribution or misuse of confidential information. Anyone who “permits inspection of the confidential information by a person who is not authorized to inspect the information;  or discloses the confidential information to a person who is not authorized to receive the information” commits “an offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by: (1) a fine of not more than $1,000; (2) confinement in the county jail for not more than six months; or (3) both the fine and confinement.   A violation under this section constitutes official misconduct.

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