BDS Law (Texas Governor)

Russel Neiss filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Texas.
Tracking # OR2017-15779
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Communications

From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Copies of any email communications with following employees of the Office of the Governor: Greg Abbott, Daniel Hodge, Robert Allen, Reed Clay, Erin Hodges, Matt Hirsch, Jimmy Blacklock, Jay Dyer, Ashley Morgan, from January 1, 2016 to May 4, 2017 that include the words: "BDS", or "HB 89"

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,

Russel Neiss

From: Public Records

Mr. Neiss,
This email seeks clarification on your public information request. Are you willing to exclude constituent communications? Constituent communications refers to the emails from members of the public sent to the general office email address. While addressed to Governor Greg Abbott, these emails are not sent directly to any employee. Exclusion of this potentially voluminous information will allow us to expedite our response to your request.

Your narrowing of the request does not preclude from making a future request for the same information. 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does not receive a response from you by the 61st day after the date this email is sent, your request will be considered withdrawn.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: Russel Neiss

Dear Ms. Vu,

Thank you for your prompt response, and the opportunity to clarify.

Yes, I am willing to exclude constituent communications sent to the general office email address at this time to help speed the request. I would however still like external communications from the public or other organizations to the other employees listed above.

Again, thank you.

From: Public Records

Mr. Hudson,
The response to OOG PIR ID# 162-17 was already sent to you last week.

Jessica Vu
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott
(512) 463-8470

From: Public Records

May 19, 2017

Russel Neiss

MuckRock

411 A Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 17-173

Dear Mr. Neiss:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on May 5, 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 26, 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 26, 2017

Russel Neiss

MuckRock

411 A Highland Ave

Somerville, MA 02144-2516

requests@muckrock.com

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 17-173

Dear Mr. Neiss:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on May 5, 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 has redacted private email addresses from the attached document pursuant to section 552.137 of the Government Code and the previous determination issued by the Office of the Attorney General in Open Records Decision No. 684 (2009). The OOG has also redacted the home telephone number of public employees. As allowed by section 552.024 of the Government Code, these public employees chose to make their personal information confidential. The OOG is prohibited by law from releasing this personal information to you. Therefore, this information has been redacted from the responsive information. The enclosed notice provides additional information and instructions if you wish to appeal our decision to withhold this information.

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

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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