Public Information / Open Records
The Texas Government Code, Chapter 552 The Act - The Texas Public Information Act gives the public the right to request access to government information. The act is triggered when a person submits a written request to a governmental body. The request must ask for records or information already in existence. The Act does not require the governmental body to create new information, to do legal research or to answer questions.
Rights of Requestors
- Receive treatment equal to all other requestors
- Receive a statement of estimated charges in advance
- Choose whether to inspect the requested information, receive a copy of the information or both
- Be notified when the governmental body asks the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for a ruling on whether the information may or must be withheld
- Be copied on the governmental body's written comments to the OAG stating the reason why the stated exceptions apply
- Lodge a complaint with the OAG cost rules administrator regarding any improper charges for responding to a public information request
- Lodge a complaint with the OAG Hotline
For Police Records
- Police department records are maintained independently. To request records from the Richardson Police Department, please contact the Records Division.
In accordance with the ADA, the City Secretary's Office will provide copies of requested documents in an alternate format to persons with disabilities upon request at no additional charge.
Patti Tschirhart, Records Coordinator
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Last updated: 3/25/2015 3:28:59 PM