HB 1258

85(R) - 2017
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Travis Clardy

Bill Caption

Relating to information publicly available in a state court document database; authorizing a fee.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1258 would authorize a person who establishes, maintains, or operates the state court document database for the supreme court to allow public access to a document filed with a court and included in the database if the database maintains each document in compliance with federal and state laws and a copy of each page clearly states that the copy is unofficial. The Supreme Court would be permitted to authorize the Office of Court Administration to establish, operate, and maintain the database. The Supreme Court would establish a fee for each page or part of a page accessed by a member of the public.

Vote Recommendation Notes

The provisions of this legislation clearly fall within the parameters of the legislatures's authority, however there is no discernible impact on our liberty principles and we remain neutral. 

Organizations Supporting

County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Sheriffs' Association of Texas

Organizations Opposed

Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas