|Office of the Attorney General - State of Texas
October 14, 1999
Mr. Nick Todaro
Dear Mr. Todaro:
You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 129784.
The City of Midland (the "city") received a request for information regarding a break-in which occurred on or about January 28, 1998. You claim that the requested information is excepted from disclosure under sections 552.101, 552.130, and 552.108 of the Government Code. We have considered the exceptions you claim and have reviewed the submitted information.
Section 552.101 excepts from disclosure "information considered to be confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision." Section 552.101 encompasses confidentiality provisions such as Family Code section 58.007. Juvenile law enforcement records relating to conduct that occurred on or after September 1, 1997 are confidential under section 58.007. The relevant language of section 58.007(c), as amended by the Seventy-sixth Legislature,(1) reads as follows:
(c) Except as provided by Subsection (d), law enforcement records and files concerning a child and information stored, by electronic means or otherwise, concerning the child from which a record or file could be generated may not be disclosed to the public and shall be:
(1) if maintained on paper or microfilm, kept separate from adult files and records;
(2) if maintained electronically in the same computer system as records or files relating to adults, be accessible under controls that are separate and distinct from controls to access electronic data concerning adults; and
(3) maintained on a local basis only and not sent to a central state or federal depository, except as provided by Subchapter B.
Here, the requested information involves juvenile conduct that occurred after September 1, 1997. It does not appear that any of the exceptions to section 58.007 apply. Thus, the records are made confidential pursuant to section 58.007(c) of the Family Code. Accordingly, you must withhold the requested information in its entirety under section 552.101 of the Government Code.
Because we are able to decide this matter under section 58.007 of the Family Code, we do not address your additional arguments against disclosure. 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 upon as a previous determination regarding any other records. If you have questions about this ruling, please contact our office.
Carla Gay Dickson
Ref: ID# 129784
Encl. Submitted documents
cc: Mr. Steve Steen
PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL ATTORNEY-CLIENT COMMUNICATION
The following file is ready for issuance. The draft ruling is attached. Unless we hear from you otherwise by 5:00 p.m. today, the decision will be issued.
ID # 129784: The City of Midland (the "city") received a request for information related to a break-in which occurred on or about January 28, 1998. The city asserted that the information is not subject to disclosure pursuant to Government Code section 552.101 (information made confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory or judicial decision) in conjunction with Family Code section 58.007 (law enforcement records related to conduct of juvenile). We found that the requested information was related to a juvenile offense, and therefore could not be released by the city.
cc: Becky Payne
1. Act of May 26, 1999, 76th Leg., R.S., ch. 815, §1, 1999 Tex. Sess. Law Serv. 3448 (Vernon) (to be codified as an amendment to Fam. Code § 58.007).
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