Speaker Straus’ interim charges address transparency, access to information

AUSTIN – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus issued interim charges Wednesday for issues lawmakers will study before the 2017 legislative session, and several address government transparency and public information.

Legislators will examine the transparency of state purchasing; public information held outside of control of a governmental body; repetitious requests made under the Texas Public Information Act; and dissemination of criminal records containing inaccurate or incomplete information.

Among other items related to public information are a study of police body camera best policies and practices and a look at whether provisions in a body camera law passed this year need to be updated or expanded.