Texas Freedom of Information

The Public Information Act of Texas (TPIA) is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of government bodies at all levels in Texas.  The Act provided under Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives citizens the right to access records at various levels of Texas government, without having to declare your purpose in doing so.  The ability of a citizen to gain access to public records was at the discretion of the custodian of records until the law was formalized, except in those cases where records custodians were forbidden to allow access.

Moreover, the Texas Open Meetings Act provides the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Title 5A chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code defines the law.  The law states that a meeting is any gathering of a quorum of the members of a public body with the intention of deliberating and deciding on public policy.


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