The Public Information Act
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, give you the right to access government records, and an officer for public informtion or the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government informaion is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promplty release requested information that is not condfidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.
Request Form - Public Information Request Form
To request information from this governmental body, complete the Open Records Request Form and submit to:
- by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- by fax to 817-489-5202
- by mail to City of of Newark, P.O. Box 156, Newark, TX 76071
- in person at City of Newark, City Hall, 209 Hudson Street, Newark, Texas 76071
Rights of Requestors
You have the right to:
- A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body determines that access to the information primarily benefits the general public.
- Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most often at no charge), receive copies of the informaiton, or both.
- Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public information with the Texas Attorney General's office.
- Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected.
- Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental body asking the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions, or a redacted copy if the communication discloses the requeste information.
- Receive a written statement of estimated charges, when charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement.
- Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions, like the voting record of public officials, and other information.
- Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Responsibilities of Government Bodies
All governmental bodies responding to information request have the responsibility to:
- Be informed about open records laws and educate employees on the requirements of those laws.
- Establish reasonable procedures for inspecting or copying public information and inform requestors of these procedures.
- Inform requestors of the estimated charges greter than $40 and any changes in the estimates above 20% of the original estimate, and confirm that the requestor accepts the charges, or has amended the request, in writing before finalizing the request.
- Inform the requestor if the information cannot be provided promptly, and set a date andtime to provide it within a reasonable time.
- Make a good faith attempt to inform third parties when their proprietary information is being requested from the governmental body.
- Request a ruling form the Office of the Attorney General regarding any information the governmental body wishes to withhold, and send a copy of the request for ruling or a redaceted copy to the requestor.
- Respond in writing to all written communications from the Texas Attorney General's Office regarding complaints about the Act.
- Segregate public information from information that may be withheld and provide that public information promptly.
- Treat all requestors uniformly and shall give to the requestor all reasonable comfort and facility, including accommodation in accordance with ADA requirements.