La Sesión Legislativa de Texas resultó en varias enmiendas a la Ley de Información Pública (la "Ley"), capítulo 552 del Código de Gobierno.  Para ayudar a que los organismos gubernamentales y el público se familiaricen con estos cambios, la Procuraduría General de Texas proporciona la siguiente lista de enmiendas significativas o ampliamente aplicables a la ley de información pública de Texas.  Esta lista no abarca todos los cambios que afectan a la información pública.  También es importante tener en cuenta que algunas de estas enmiendas solo se aplican a las solicitudes recibidas por un organismo gubernamental a partir del 1 de septiembre de 2023.  Esta actualización se proporciona como cortesía y no debe considerarse como asesoramiento legal.  Para obtener más información sobre estas enmiendas o enmiendas recientes a otras leyes relevantes, consulte la página web en línea de la Legislatura de Texas.

2023 Texas Legislative Session Update
Amended Statute(s)Relevant BillEffective DateSummary
Educ. Code §§ 12.104, 37.108HB 39/1/23Amends provisions relating to a school’s Multihazard Emergency Operations Plan and Safety and Security Audit.
Gov’t Code § 552.108HB 309/1/23Adds section 552.108(d) which limits the applicability of section 552.108(a)(2) law enforcement exception in certain circumstances.
Tax Code § 25.025HB 1911ImmediatelyAmends provisions relating to the confidentiality of certain information for certain university healthcare providers.
Various CodesHB 21909/1/23Amends the terminology used to describe transportation-related accidents from "accident(s)" to "collision(s)" throughout Texas Codes.
Util. Code § 182.054HB 2644ImmediatelyAmends provision to provide an additional exception to disclosure prohibition found in section 182.052.
Gov’t Code §§ 552.0031, .012, .103, .108, .163, .271, .3031, .306, .310HB 30339/1/23(1) Defines business days for purposes of the Act.
(2) Adds new training requirement for public officials if the OAG determines the governmental body has failed to comply with a requirement under the Act.
(3) Excludes certain information related to elections from section 552.103 litigation exception .
(4) Requires a governmental body to promptly release basic information responsive to a request under the Act regardless even if the governmental body seeks a ruling under the Act regarding other information subject to the request.
(5) Adds an exception to disclosure for certain OAG settlement communications.
(6) Amends section 552.271 to require payment of unpaid statements if the requestor has exceeded the limit established under section 552.275 and seeks to review information on behalf of another requestor.
(7) Amends procedures for requestors who have exceeded the limit established under section 552.275, including procedures for photo identification of requestors to determine if they have exceeded time limits.
(8) Mandates electronic submission of requests for an OAG decision under the Act unless the governmental body requesting the decision has fewer than 16 full-time employees, is located in a county with a population of less than 150,000, or use of the electronic filing system is impractical or impossible
(9) Amends section 552.306 to add procedures and certain notice requirements after a governmental body has received a letter ruling decision from the OAG.
(10) Requires OAG to make a publicly accessible and searchable database of letter ruling requests and corresponding decisions issued under the Act. The database must be available on January 1, 2024.
Gov’t Code § 552.138HB 31309/1/23Amends provision relating to the confidentiality of certain occupational licensing information.
Educ. Code § 22.0835(f); Gov’t Code Ch. 411HB 4123ImmediatelyRelates to access to and use of certain criminal history record information.  Updates and reorganizes, as applicable, Texas’ criminal background check requirements relating to access to and use of the information and clarifies the duties and responsibilities of an applicable entity with regard to that information and criteria.
Elec. Code § 66.058HB 51809/1/2Amends provision and adds sections concerning the availability of certain election records and procedures related to the production of the records.
Gov’t Code § 552.108SB 435ImmediatelyAmends provision and adds sections concerning the permissive inspection of a medical examiner’s report and/or video evidence of a crime by crime victims and/or victim family members in certain circumstances.
Educ. Code § 51.971SB 336ImmediatelyAmends provision to expand the definition of “compliance program”.
Gov’t Code §§ 552.1176, .11765SB 5109/1/23Amends provisions relating to the confidentiality of certain information, including license application and specified personal information, maintained by the State Bar and state licensing agencies.
Tax Code § 25.025SB 617ImmediatelyAmends provisions relating to the confidentiality of certain information for a customs and border protection officer or border patrol agent of United States Customs and Border Protection and certain family members.
Gov’t Code § 552.133SB 9839/1/23Amends provision relating to disclosure of information related a competitive matter involving the provision of cable, internet, or broadband services by a public power utility.
Gov’t Code § 552.1345SB 11799/1/23Adds provision relating to the confidentiality of certain information relating to civilly committed sexually violent predators.
Occ. Code §§ 1701.167, .168, .205SB 14459/1/23Requires TCOLE to set and enforce minimum standards for law enforcement agencies, requires law enforcement agencies to access a national law enforcement database before hiring, and eliminates discharge categories from the F-5 separation form.
Tax Code § 25.025SB 1525ImmediateAmends provisions relating to the confidentiality of certain information for a current or former attorney for the Department of Family and Protective Services.