CONTACT: Laura E. Mayes, 210-207-1337
SAN ANTONIO (June 3, 2019) — Today the Texas Attorney General sued the City of San Antonio for following the law. Under the Texas Public Information Act, the City had requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the AG – a routine request made to the AG’s office daily – as to whether documents related to the Council’s decision on the airport concessions contract were releasable, given that the Attorney General had already announced an investigation. The City provided nearly 250 pages of documents for review by the Open Records Division and is still waiting for a decision.
“Instead of allowing the routine process take its course, the AG decided to sue and not wait for a decision from his own department,” said City Attorney Andy Segovia. “The Attorney General notified the press before any communication with the City, or even before the City was served with the suit.”
The Texas Attorney General should allow the Open Records Division to issue a ruling on the City’s request. The City will comply with any ruling from the Open Records Division.
State law sets the parameters of the Attorney General’s Office ability to investigate and usually the procedural process for investigation, review, and enforcement. The State Attorney General’s office asks for documents under the specific legislative authority. The State Attorney General’s office has not specified the legislative authority they are relying on to investigate the airport contract. Furthermore, it is clear from the strident comments in his press release that any “investigation” would be a pretense to justify his own conclusions.