NPT Capitol: Keeping up with Marquez
Freshman state Rep. Marisa Marquez is filing bills at an astonishing rate (or, sending news releases at an astonishing rate — or both). Here’s the latest, which, at first glance, appears to be the kind of thing we at NPT would thumbs up.
Follow the jump for the news release.
Rep. Marquez Files Bill to Speed Up Open Records Process
HB 2909 Eases Flow of Information and Clarifies Key Deadlines
AUSTIN, TX–—Freshman State Rep. Marisa Marquez (D – El Paso) filed a second ethics bill today, HB 2909. The bill makes several changes to the open records process, including speeding up the flow of information between governmental entities and open record requestors.
“This legislation eliminates a bureaucratic barrier. If passed, it would improve government transparency and citizens’ access,” explained Marquez.
HB 2909 will allow governmental bodies to black out personal information, such as credit card numbers and personal email addresses, on policemen, family violence shelters and victims, government employees, and motorists without the need to seek an Attorney General ruling.
“Our aim is to limit the hurdles in the public information process, while protecting citizens and improving access to relevant information,” stated Marquez.
HB 2909 also clarifies key deadlines in the open records process. Regarding information request modifications, government entities have ten days to respond. If it is not clear when a request was received, provisions in the bill create a presumption that a request was received three days after its post mark.
Marquez is serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives. She represents District 77, containing downtown El Paso, UTEP , and neighborhoods near Fort Bliss. She sits on three committees: Corrections, County Affairs, and Rules & Resolutions.
— Sito Negron