Wednesday, September 15, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced a statewide toll-free open government hotline, 1-877-OPEN-TEX, to answer the questions of elected officials, the media and the public regarding open government issues.
"The overwhelming majority of public officials wants to comply with open government law, but it is not always a simple matter. This hotline gives elected officials, the media, local government employees, and the public a direct pipeline to reliable information," said Attorney General Cornyn.
The toll-free hotline is staffed by specialists in open records and open meetings law who mediate open government disputes and answer questions regarding compliance with open government laws. Previously, the Attorney General's office had a hotline which handled approximately 400 calls per month, but it was not toll-free.
"I applaud Attorney General Cornyn for creating this toll-free open government hotline. It may be simply that those in charge of open government decisions are unaware of the law. This hotline gives them immediate access to this information," said Rob Wiley, President of the Freedom of Information Foundation.
The Open Records Division is also sponsoring a series of regional conferences across the state for members of the public, the media and elected officials. Conferences have already been held in Bryan, Mount Pleasant and Laredo, and future conferences will be held in Ballinger and Corpus Christi. In the recent past, these open government conferences were held only in Austin.
The Open Records and Open Meetings Handbooks are available on the Attorney General's web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.
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