Legislation clarifies “business days” when responding to Texas Public Information Act requests

Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, has filed an open government bill designed to clarify “business days” for governmental entities responding to requests made under the Texas Public Information Act.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, some governments have refused to respond to TPIA requests if their physical offices were closed, even if the staff was working remotely. Many of those governments, citing guidance from the Texas attorney general’s office, said such a day didn’t count as a business day for the TPIA.

Capriglione’s bill would give clearer guidelines for TPIA response days. The proposed legislation is House Bill 1416.