SB 983

83(R) - 2013
Government Efficiency & Reform

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Rodney Ellis

Bill Caption

Relating to in camera review and filing of the information at issue in a suit filed under the public information law.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 983 would permit a court that is hearing a public information case to discuss private information without public disclosure by filing the information in the suit as an in camera inspection categorized as information at issue rather than filed as a court record. This would provide judges with the legal basis to maintain the purpose of a public information suit which is to determine "whether or not the documents should be made public in the first place".

Analysis: SB 983 neither offends nor directly supports our liberty principles. We are neutral on this legislation.