The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied Dallas businessman Monty Bennett’s request for a rehearing in a lawsuit claiming that the Tarrant Regional Water District violated the Texas Open Meetings Act.
The Supreme Court issued its denial without comment.
Monty Bennett sued in 2013, arguing that the water district board circumvented the Open Meetings Act by effectively making most of its decisions in two-person committees.
Bennett contended that the water district board did not follow the open-meetings law when it discussed the 149-mile pipeline project to bring more water from East Texas reservoirs to Dallas-Fort Worth.
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He sued in 2013, arguing that the board circumvented the act by effectively making most decisions in two-person committees, then having the board rubber-stamp them.
The 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ruled 2-1 in November 2014 that the water district didn’t break the law.
In an emailed statement, the district said the Texas Water Code “unambiguously excludes” its committees from the Open Meetings Act.
The Tarrant Regional Water District says the Texas Water Code “unambiguously excludes” its committees from the Open Meetings Act.
Bennett has fought efforts to use eminent domain for a section of the pipeline on his ranch in Henderson County in East Texas.
Bennett could not be reached for comment Friday.
This isn’t the end of legal disputes between the district and Bennett.
The district’s effort to condemn part of Bennett’s ranch has been appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. Legal issues are also pending over cemetery associations formed on the ranch.