Abbot Emails Q1 '17

Ben Hudson filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Texas.
Tracking # OR2017-15386
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Ben Hudson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails to/from Governor Abbot from 1/1/2017 - 3/31/2017. Please exclude any messages that are part of a mailing list, listserv, or promotion.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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.

Sincerely,

Ben Hudson

From: Public Records

Mr. Hudson,
This email seeks clarification on your public information request. Are you willing to exclude constituent communications? Constituent communications refers to the hundreds to thousands of emails from members of the public sent to the general office email address. While addressed to the Governor, these emails are not sent directly to any employee. An example could be a citizen from Houston or Dallas, expressing an opinion about an issue. Exclusion of this voluminous information will allow us to expedite our response to your request.
After we receive your response, we can begin a search of our records for the information you are seeking. If the OOG does not receive a response from you by the 61st day after the date this email is sent, your request will be considered withdrawn. See Gov't Code § 552.222(d), (g). You can reach us at publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov> with any questions.
Thank you,
Jessica Vu
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott
(512) 463-8470

From: Ben Hudson

Jessica,

Yes, I am willing to exclude constituent communications.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: Public Records

Thank you for your clarification. You should receive a response within 10 business days from today.

From: Public Records

May 4, 2017

Ben Hudson

MuckRock

DEPT MR 36254

411 A Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

requests@muckrock.com

corey@prwatch.org<mailto:corey@prwatch.org>

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 17-154

Dear Mr. Hudson:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor ("OOG"), received by the OOG on April 20, 2017. A copy of your request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and located information responsive to your request. The OOG asserts that some of the information responsive to your request is excepted from required public disclosure. The OOG has requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Government Code § 552.301. A copy of the written communication requesting a ruling is attached. The OOG will provide you additional correspondence submitted to the Open Records Division, as well as any documents for release, on or before May 11, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (512) 463-8470 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Jessica Vu
Public Information Coordinator
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

From: Public Records

May 11, 2017

Ben Hudson

MuckRock

DEPT MR 36254

411 A Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

requests@muckrock.com

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 17-154

Dear Mr. Hudson:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on April 20, 2017. A copy of your request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and located the attached information responsive to your request. The OOG asserts the remaining responsive information is excepted from required disclosure under the Public Information Act. The OOG has requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Government Code § 552.301. A copy of the OOG’s arguments submitted to the Open Records Division is attached.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 512-463-8470 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov.

Sincerely,

Jessica Vu
Public Information Coordinator
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

From: Office of the Governor

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

From: Office of the Governor

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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