The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas has introduced a pilot program to help newspapers save money on requesting open records rulings, related materials and written arguments from the Texas Attorney General’s office.
The new program is a “personal hand-delivery” service in Austin that provides a cost-effective alternative to the $30 eFiling option currently required by the AG’s office for electronic filing.
“The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas applauds the importance of Texas newspapers and the value they provide in keeping the public informed while holding government accountable,” said Keith Elkins, FOIFT executive director. “As a public service, we are hopeful this new service will help defray some of those escalating costs associated with obtaining public records.”
The AG’s office does not accept documents by fax or email, which means newspapers that do not have an office in Austin take on the cost and inconvenience of filing requests through other methods, such as First Class Mail or the eFiling System.
But now newspapers can submit filings to FOIFT via email. The AG’s office does not charge for filings that arrive in paper form. FOIFT will print submissions at the FOIFT office and deliver them once a day in a single batch to the Open Records Division on West 14th Street in Austin during normal business hours Monday through Friday. (Submissions will be delivered the same business day if received via email prior to 1 p.m.)
The program begins Sept. 1 and is available for present and new contributors to FOIFT whose annual contributions are at or above a minimum level of $75 for individuals and $250 for organizations. There is no separate charge or fee for this service.
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