In theory, the Texas Public Information Act is a powerful tool that allows Texans to probe their government’s dealings. However, in practice, the law falls short due, in part, to the absence of any meaningful accountability mechanism.

Key points

  • The Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) sets forth an aspirational framework to guarantee the public’s right to access government documents and information. Unfortunately, the law is different in theory and in practice.
  • Some government officials ignore requests or do not respond in a timely manner. This creates distrust in government and undermines the public’s right to know.
  • The public has a right to know what their government officials are doing and why.
  • Reforms are needed to strengthen the TPIA and foster public trust in government.