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REQUESTS FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION

Please note: The Texas Public Information Act does not require a governmental body to create new information, to do legal research or to answer questions. You may be able to locate the information you are seeking at the following link: http://public.co.hays.tx.us.

Public Information Requests are NOT official unless they are in written format. Only written requests trigger a governmental body’s obligations under the Public Information Act.

Please be aware that beginning March 18, 2019, Hays County District Attorney’s Office will be charging fees for all Open Records Requests pursuant to the Public Information Act. As a result, Hays County District Attorney’s Office will no longer be providing responsive material electronically. All responsive material will be provided to the Requestor through paper copies, CDs, DVDs, or USB Drives. The Requestor is responsible for the cost of such material pursuant to the Public Information Act

Examples of Law Enforcement requests may include the following:

  • Accident Reports
  • Incident Reports
  • Calls to service
  • Military Recruiter Background Checks

Submit Your Written Request Using one of the following methods: Emailda-civil@co.hays.tx.us Facsimile:  (512) 393-2246 United States Postal Mail or In-Person: Hays County Criminal District Attorney — Civil Division Hays County Government Center 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 2057 San Marcos, Texas 78666 Downloadable Form for District Attorney’s Office only.

In addition to accepting Money Orders, fees can be paid online by a credit or debit card through Visa, MasterCard or Discover. A service charge will be added. More info or to pay at
Govpay.net   

 

Examples of Civil (non-law enforcement) requests may include the following:

  • Personnel matters
  • Hays County Policy matters
  • Contractual matters
  • Environmental Assessment Information

Submit Your Written Request Using one of the following methods:

Email: debra.anderson@co.hays.tx.us

Facsimile: (512) 392-6500

United States Postal Mail or In-Person:

Hays County Office of General Counsel

Hays County Historical Courthouse

111 E. San Antonio St., Suite 202

San Marcos, Texas 78666

Tips to Request Information

  • Your request must be in writing. Only written requests trigger obligations under the Public Information Act.
  • Your request should be for documents or other information already in existence. Governmental bodies are not required to answer questions, perform legal research, or comply with a continuing request to supply information on a periodic basis as such information is prepared in the future.
  • Be as specific as possible in your request and include a time frame when appropriate.
  • Requests made by fax or email must be addressed to the appropriate entity as listed above under Law Enforcement Requests or Civil Requests to trigger an obligation under the Public Information Act.

Rights of Requestors

Responsibilities of Government Bodies

If you believe that we have not responded as required by the Public Information Act, you may contact the Attorney General’s Open Records Division Hotline at (512) 478-6736 or toll-free at (877) 673-6839.

Public Information Act Request Form 2019
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