Open Records: A Look at Attorney General Greg Abbott's Tenure

, Texas Lawyer

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When Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott first campaigned for his office 12 years ago, he promised a new era of government transparency. Abbott, who in July announced his bid for governor, believes he has accomplished his goal, even as the public pressure for more openness has also risen dramatically. Others believe that self-assessment overstates Abbott's results.

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  • j.davis

    Perhaps TL can get an explanation from GA as to why his office, in a series of letter opinions, initially determined that autopsy photographs were excepted from required disclosure, and thus could be released, but subsequently determined that such photographs are confidential, and thus are prohibited from being released--without an explanation as to why the change in the interpretation of the pertinent provision in the CCP (or even an acknowledgement that there was a change).

  • Shawn Strickler

    While there is always more that could be done in the minds of many, I am pleased to see that a state agency made commitments and lived up to them through increasing productivity instead of bloating a budget. I am also pleased to see that (for the most part) we have had an AG in Texas who stands up against those individuals in the state trying to hide behind using personal email for official business. It has to be stopped now before it gets worse.

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