AG’s office says legislative documents must be released

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office has ruled that a state lawmaker’s documents related to the American Legislative Exchange Council must be made public.

The attorney general rejected requests by Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, and ALEC to withhold information related to their communications and legislation proposed by the council. The Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy sought the records. The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas filed a brief in the case supporting release of the documents.

With its ruling dated Sept. 25, the attorney general’s office rejected claims by ALEC, a conservative think tank, that releasing the information would infringe on its members’ freedom of association. It also rejected Klick’s argument of deliberative process privilege.