Request Records & Information
Exercising Your Right To Know
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 exemption 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.
Charges are associated with certain requests. If charges exceed $40, an estimate will be provided to the requestor, and should charges exceed $100, a deposit will be required before proceeding with the fulfillment of the request. Some common charges are listed below. See the Texas Administrative Code, Rule 70.3 for additional charges.
$10.00 Body Cam video, plus $1.00 per full minute viewing time
$3.00 Dash Cam video
$6.00 Crash/Accident reports (released and paid through Cleburne Police Department)
$3.00 Fire and EMS reports
$.10 Copy per page over 50 pages
Actual USB Drive (approximately $5.00)