The Texas Open Meetings Act was established to ensure that Texas government is transparent, open, and accountable. It requires that state and local governmental entities conduct public business responsibly and in accordance with the law. The Texas Open Meetings Act is detailed in Chapter 551 of the Government Code.
The governmental body for Hidalgo County is Commissioners Court, which is comprised of four County Commissioners and the County Judge. Commissioners Court is responsible for the budget and tax rate, approves all budgeted purchases, sets all salaries and benefits, has exclusive authority to approve contracts, provides and maintains all buildings, and fills vacancies in most county offices.
Meetings and agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled meeting here.
Pictured above is the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court (L-R):
Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, County Judge Richard F. Cortez, Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu, and Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.