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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 3OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
CHAPTER 70COST OF COPIES OF PUBLIC INFORMATION
RULE §70.5Access to Information Where Copies Are Not Requested

(a) Access to information in standard paper form. A governmental body shall not charge for making available for inspection information maintained in standard paper form. Charges are permitted only where the governmental body is asked to provide, for inspection, information that contains mandatory confidential information and public information. When such is the case, the governmental body may charge to make a copy of the page from which information must be edited. No other charges are allowed except as follows:

  (1) The governmental body has 16 or more employees and the information requested takes more than five hours to prepare the public information for inspection; and

    (A) Is older than five years; or

    (B) Completely fills, or when assembled will completely fill, six or more archival boxes.

  (2) The governmental body has 15 or fewer full-time employees and the information requested takes more than two hours to prepare the public information for inspection; and

    (A) Is older than three years; or

    (B) Completely fills, or when assembled will completely fill, three or more archival boxes.

  (3) A governmental body may charge pursuant to paragraphs (1)(A) and (2)(A) of this subsection only for the production of those documents that qualify under those paragraphs.

(b) Access to information in other than standard form. In response to requests for access, for purposes of inspection only, to information that is maintained in other than standard form, a governmental body may not charge the requesting party the cost of preparing and making available such information, unless complying with the request will require programming or manipulation of data.


Source Note: The provisions of this §70.5 adopted to be effective September 18, 1996, 21 TexReg 8587; amended to be effective December 21, 1999, 24 TexReg 11255; amended to be effective February 11, 2004, 29 TexReg 1189; transferred effective September 1, 2005, as published in the Texas Register September 29, 2006, 31 TexReg 8251

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