Amy Hedtke Public Recording Arrest Legal Fund
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This is the legal support fund for Amy Hedtke's arrest on 3/22/17 for filming an open meeting of the Texas Legislature without media credentials. No law or rule prohibited recording. She was charged with criminal trespass.

Amy Hedtke is a well-known Texas grassroots political activist with a strong focus on transparency in all areas of the political process. She records and live streams government entities at every level and works to inform citizens what is happening and how they can get involved.

Texas Government Code Sec. 551.023 mandates that "A person in attendance may record all or any part of an open meeting of a governmental body by means of a recorder, video camera, or other means of aural or visual reproduction." Nevertheless, the Chair of the powerful State Affairs Committee of the Texas Legislature has recently taken to declaring a policy that only credentialed media may record their meetings. The official recording is at times offline, delayed in posting, or entirely unavailable due to technical difficulties.

On March 22, 2017, Amy attended an open meeting / hearing of the State Affairs Committee, and streamed the proceedings with her phone. The Chair, Representative Byron Cook, ordered her to stop. She declined, and he had her removed and arrested. She was taken to Travis County Jail and ultimately charged with Criminal Trespass and Resisting Arrest. The Resisting charge was rejected by the Magistrate for lack of probable cause, but the Trespass charge remains. 

Video:

https://www.facebook.com/amy.hedtke/videos/1377067645673420/
https://www.facebook.com/supermantrackcoach/videos/10212237592165947/

State officials have scrambled to provide a justification for the "media only" recording policy given state law, referencing the Rules of the House and the Committee. However, neither the House nor the Committee have adopted any rule regarding recording that anyone can produce, and the law is clear that attendees are alllowed to record.

Amy needs funds to fight the remaining criminal charge. Additionally, there is interest in pursuing a civil action against the parties responsible for her arrest, given the violation of her rights and state law.

This fundraiser is being administered by Amy's friend and Republican Party of Texas State Republican Executive Committeeman Jeremy Blosser. 100% of the funds raised beyond the fees of Funded Justice or the payment processors will go to the legal teams assisting with criminal defense, and pursuing possible civil options.

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