The Bill of Rights was ratified effective Dec. 15, 1791, and the Commissioners Court has just sent a proposal to the county lawyer to review a county policy to limit freedom of speech to all elected officials and county employees.
The First Amendment states (and I quote): Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Citizens of Bee County, wake up! The letter in question was written by one commissioner and one commissioner only; it was signed by one commissioner, and the commissioner states so in the letter. For the Commissioners Court to send a county policy to be vetted by the county lawyer to restrict any elected official, department head or employee from issuing any written communication or verbal statement regarding any matters without the express approval of a quorum majority in an open meeting of Bee County Commissioners Court is a violation of our constitutional rights.
What’s going to happen to employees with concerns or complaints? What is going to happen to employees who have grievances? What is going to happen to the Whistleblower Act?
What will be next? Will the Commissioners Court want to review all notes by the newspaper to make sure they are not in violation?
Where is our local government going? A local dictatorship?