Media #806

When a public agency in Texas receives a public records request for information it believes it can withhold, the agency must first seek a ruling from the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The chart below shows the state’s eight largest public universities, by enrollment. Based on public records requests the Student Press Law Center filed with each institution and the attorney general, it was able to determine institutions often request from the attorney general the ability to withhold information, but later withdraw that request. Numbers are from the 2013 calendar year.