Texas Lawmakers To Consider Changes To Texas Open Records Act

AUSTIN (November 25, 2012)--Texas lawmakers will consider possible changes to the Texas Public Information Act including how to reduce frivolous requests and whether or not the act hurts government contractors.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked the Senate Open Government Committee to take a look at possible changes when the Legislature meets next year.

Changing the law that requires the government to make its records public always makes open government advocates a little nervous.

Houston Sen. Rodney Ellis, the Democrat who chairs the committee, will hear testimony Monday on how new technologies are creating public information and how long information should be retained.

State agencies complain that some requests for information are illegitimate and government contractors complain about the information released about them.

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