Texas Public Information Act; Government Code Section 552.001

A client and I were discussing the Open Records laws in Texas and she referenced Government Code Section 552.001 as “poetic prose.”  A description like that about a government statute (??) . . . well, I had to read it for myself.  I have to say, she accurately described the statute.  I have posted the full text for you to read.  It truly is beautifully written to describe our right to information and makes me wonder about all these closed door sessions that we hear about so often.  Is it strange that I enjoy reading this?

Sec. 552.001.  POLICY;  CONSTRUCTION.  (a)  Under the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government that adheres to the principle that government is the servant and not the master of the people, it is the policy of this state that each person is entitled, unless otherwise expressly provided by law, at all times to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees.  The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know.  The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.  The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed to implement this policy.

(b)  This chapter shall be liberally construed in favor of granting a request for information.

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

(emphasis added).

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