Your rights, responsibilities when seeking public records in Texas

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:16pm

If you’ve seen news reports on suspicious state contracts or chemical waste pits or officials’ text messages in the Waco biker shootout, you may notice a recurring theme: Government records obtained through the Texas Public Information Act.

Fortunately, our state’s public information law, created in the early 1970s, presumes government records are open unless a specific exemption in the law keeps the documents off limits.

The public has a right to know. That means all citizens – not only journalists – can access government records. Continue...