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Section 2: Public Information Act

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Overview

The Public Information Act, formerly known as the Open Records Act, is located in Chapter 552 of the Government Code and provides a mechanism for citizens to inspect or copy government records. The Act also allows for requesting permission to withhold information contained in governmental records from the public in certain instances, such as documents related to litigation. Governmental entities must respond promptly to information requests.

Refer to the Department's Legal Manual for compliance requirements.

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