1-1     By:  Shapleigh                                         S.B. No. 744
 1-2           (In the Senate - Filed February 26, 1999; March 2, 1999, read
 1-3     first time and referred to Committee on State Affairs;
 1-4     March 29, 1999, reported favorably by the following vote:  Yeas 7,
 1-5     Nays 0; March 29, 1999, sent to printer.)
 1-6                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-7                                   AN ACT
 1-8     relating to requests for information under the public information
 1-9     law from incarcerated individuals and their agents.
1-11           SECTION 1.  Subsections (a) and (b), Section 552.028,
1-12     Government Code, are amended to read as follows:
1-13           (a)  A governmental body is not required to accept or comply
1-14     with a request for information from:
1-15                 (1)  an individual who is imprisoned or confined in a
1-16     correctional facility; or
1-17                 (2)  an agent of that individual, other than that
1-18     individual's attorney.
1-19           (b)  This section [Subsection (a)] does not prohibit a
1-20     governmental body from disclosing to an individual described by
1-21     Subsection (a)(1), or that individual's agent, [that subsection]
1-22     information held by the governmental body pertaining to that
1-23     individual.
1-24           SECTION 2.  The importance of this legislation and the
1-25     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
1-26     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
1-27     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
1-28     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
1-29     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
1-30     passage, and it is so enacted.
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