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John Cornyn

January 27, 1999

Ms. Sandra Watkins
City Secretary
City of Deer Park
P.O. Box 700
Deer Park, Texas 77536


Dear Ms. Watkins:

You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under the Texas Open Records Act, chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 122169.

The City of Deer Park (the "city") received a request for information related to the city's Speed Hump Program. You claim that the requested information is excepted from disclosure under section 552.117 of the Government Code. We have considered the exception you claim and reviewed the submitted information.

Section 552. 117 of the Government Code states that:

Information is excepted from [public disclosure] if it is information that relates to the home address, home telephone number, or social security number, or that reveals whether the following person has family members:

(1) a current or former official or employee of a governmental body, except as otherwise provided by Section 552.024;

  • a peace officer as defined by Article 2.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, or a security officer commissioned under Section 51.212, Education Code, regardless of whether the officer complies with Section 552.024; or
  • an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, regardless of whether the employee complies with Section 552.024.

Gov't Code 552.117.

The information you have submitted for our review consists of names, addresses, and phone numbers of citizens residing on a certain street. The information also contains the citizens' views as to whether the city should install speed humps on their street. Section 552.117 is limited to personal information concerning public employees. Because 552.117 protects only certain personal information of public employees, not those of private citizens, we find that the exception you claim is inapplicable. The requested information must be released.

We are resolving this matter with an informal letter ruling rather than with a published open records decision. This ruling is limited to the particular records at issue under the facts presented to us in this request and should not be relied on as a previous determination regarding any other records. If you have any questions regarding this ruling, please contact our office.

Yours very truly,

Ruth H. Soucy
Assistant Attorney General
Open Records Division


Ref.: ID# 122169

Enclosures: Submitted documents

cc: Mr. Joseph D. Rice
2709 Spa Drive
Deer Park, Texas 77536
(w/o enclosures)


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