Requesting Records & Information
Exercising Your Right To Know
The city secretary is responsible for responding to public information requests, applying the laws and regulations of the Texas Public Information Act, to ensure that all records in the possession of and pertaining to the operation of the governmental body, are available to the public.
How the Law Works
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. In preparing a request, a person may want to ask the governmental body what information is available.
Note: Although the Texas Public Information Act makes most government information available to the public, some exceptions exist. If an exception might apply and the governmental body wishes to withhold the information, the governmental body generally must, within 10 business days of receiving the open records request, refer the matter to the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on whether an exception applies. For more information on the Texas Public Information Act, please visit the Texas Attorney General website here.
Catastrophe Notice Pursuant to section 552.233(b) of the Government Code, a governmental body may suspend the applicability of the requirements of the Public Information Act (the “PIA”) if the governmental body is currently impacted by a catastrophe and provides proper notice in accordance with this section. In order to suspend the requirements of the PIA, a governmental must provide notice to the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) in accordance with sections 552.233(c) and 552.233(e) of the Government Code. The OAG is required to post a copy of a catastrophe notice provided under this section on its website for one calendar year from the date the OAG received a copy of the notice.
- Missouri City Catastrophe Notice
- Catastrophe Notices Submitted to the Office of the Attorney General
- Request for Disclosure of Public Records
- Charges Associated with Public Information Requests
- The Public Information Act/Ley de Información Pública