Bag ban impact study

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the City Manager of Austin, TX.
Tracking #

PIR 17854



From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act , I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all impact studies regarding the bag ban

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: City of Austin

Dear Shawn Musgrave,
Thank you for your e-mail to the City of Austin. Your request is being processed.
Consistent with the Texas Public Information Act, you can expect communication from the
City of Austin within 10 business days after the date the information was requested.
The City of Austin will make the effort to ensure that the information you have requested
is made available to you in a timely manner. However, depending on the scope of the request and the time required to research and compile the information, should the City of Austin not be readily able to produce the information you have requested, the communication you receive may indicate items such as:
Thus, please note that the communication you can expect to receive does not necessarily mean responsive information you have requested will be available within the 10 business days.
For more information about the Public Information Act visit the City of Austin website at (
Thank you,
PIO Public Information Specialist

From: Department Executive Assistant


We have received your public information request dated October 15, 2013, for "copies of all Impact studies regarding the bag ban". To be able to comply with your reqeust, we are asking for clarification.

* From your letter, it is not clear if you ask for all impact studies related to Austin's Single Use Bag Ordinance or impact studies related to similar ordinances in other cities.

The studies and documents we have related to Austin's Single Use Bag Ordinance and its possible impact, can be found on this website:

The information is under "Ordinance"; if you scroll all the way down, you will see "Additional Documents and Staff Reports".

Thank you,

Vera Labriola

Department Executive Assistant
Austin Resource Recovery | City of Austin
Office 512-974-1987

From: Shawn Musgrave

Ms. Labriola,

The studies on the website are exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!


From: Labriola, Vera


Can I close the PIR request then?

From: Shawn Musgrave

Yes. Thank you for your help.