Catastrophe Notice - Section 552.233 of the Government Code
Pursuant to section 552.233(b) of the Government Code, a governmental body may suspend the applicability of the requirements of the Public Information Act (the “PIA”) if the governmental body is currently impacted by a catastrophe and provides proper notice in accordance with this section. In order to suspend the requirements of the PIA, a governmental body must provide notice to the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) in accordance with sections 552.233(c) and 552.233(e) of the Government Code. The OAG is required to post a copy of a catastrophe notice provided under these subsections on its website for one calendar year from the date the OAG received a copy of the notice.
Submit a Catastrophe Notice
The OAG has created a web-based form to allow governmental bodies to electronically submit the information required by section 552.233(j) of the Government Code. If a governmental body uses the new web-based form for submission, the governmental body should not submit a paper copy of the catastrophe notice. However, if a governmental body is unable to use the web-based form, it may submit a paper copy of the catastrophe notice by mail.
If a governmental body is unable submit a catastrophe via the above listed methods, please contact the Open Government Hotline at (512) 478-6736 or toll free at (877) 673-6839 for assistance.