Public Information Act

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

Rights of Requestors

You have the right to:

Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies

All governmental bodies responding to information requests have the responsibility to:

Procedures to Obtain Information

Information To Be Released

Cost of Records

Information That May Be Withheld Due To An Exception

By the 10th business day after a governmental body receives your written request, a governmental body must:

Failure to request an Attorney General opinion and notify the requestor within 10 business days will result in a presumption that the information is open unless there is a compelling reason to withhold it.

Requestors may send a letter to the Attorney General arguing for release, and may review arguments made by the governmental body. If the arguments disclose the requested information, the requestor may obtain a redacted copy.

The Attorney General must issue a decision no later than the 45th working day from the day after the attorney general received the request for a decision. The attorney general may request an additional 10 working day extension.

Governmental bodies may not ask the Attorney General to "reconsider" an opinion.

To obtain information from this governmental body, please submit a request:

By mail to — Ian Steusloff, Texas Ethics Commission, PO Box 12070, Austin, TX 78711-2070

By fax to — Ian Steusloff, (512) 463-5777

In person at — 201 E. 14th St., Sam Houston Bldg., 10th Floor, Austin, Texas

For complaints regarding failure to release public information, please contact your local County or District Attorney at: Travis County District Attorney, (512) 473-9400.

You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General, Open Records Hotline, at 512-478-6736 or toll-free at 1-877-673-6839.

For complaints regarding overcharges, please contact the Texas Building and Procurement Commission at 512-475-2497.

If you need special accommodation pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact our ADA coordinator, Margie Castellanos at (512) 463-5800, or RELAY TEXAS (800) 735-2989.

Last Revision: December 8, 2010 | Texas Homeland Security | Statewide Search | Site Policies