JEFFERSON COUNTY PRESS RELEASE:
As the coronavirus has prevented people from gathering, Governor Abbott has suspended part of the open-meeting law. By Emergency Order, to protect from exposure to the coronavirus, the Jefferson County Courthouse has extremely limited public entry and is open only to authorized employees who are working to maintain services and those citizens who have an exigent need to transact business within the courthouse.
All sections of the Texas Open Meetings Act remain in place except for the requirement of a physical gathering space for people to watch/attend the Commissioners Court meeting and ask questions.
Jefferson County has taken steps to minimize exposure of persons to the coronavirus by implementing steps to allow the public to watch the Commissioners Court meettings remotely online, beginning March 24, and until it is safe to reopen for public gatherings.
Those who wish to view the meetings may use the link: https://co.jefferson.tx.us/commcrt/commlink.htm.