The Public Information Act
Texas law gives you the right to access certain government records. Most government information is presumed to be available to the public. Several exceptions apply to law enforcement information. Governmental bodies should promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, statutes, family or health codes, or information for which an exception to disclosure has been sought.
To request records under the Public Information Act, you may obtain and submit the request form at the Records Division located at the Brown County Law Enforcement Center, located at 1050 W. Commerce. Requests can also be submitted by mail or fax at 325-646-4939, or in person.
Fees for open records requests are determined by the Public Information Act. An estimate of cost will be provided before processing if the charge exceeds $40. Fees are generally $0.10 per page and $15 per hour of labor if applicable.
Rights of Requester
You have the right to:
• Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected
• Receive treatment equal to all other requesters, in accordance with ADA requirements
• Receive a statement of estimated charges, when charges exceed $40, in advance of
work being started and opportunity to negotiate the request if charges are too high
• Choose whether to inspect the requested information, receive copies or both
• Notice when the governmental body asks the Office of Attorney General for a ruling on
whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions.