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RULE §70.4Requesting an Exemption

(a) Pursuant to §552.262(c) of the Public Information Act, a governmental body may request that it be exempt from part or all of these rules.

(b) State agencies must request an exemption if their charges to recover costs are higher than those established by these rules.

(c) Governmental bodies, other than agencies of the state, must request an exemption before seeking to recover costs that are more than 25% higher than the charges established by these rules.

(d) an exemption request must be made in writing, and must contain the following elements:

  (1) A statement identifying the subsection(s) of these rules for which an exemption is sought;

  (2) The reason(s) the exemption is requested;

  (3) A copy of the proposed charges;

  (4) The methodology and figures used to calculate/compute the proposed charges;

  (5) Any supporting documentation, such as invoices, contracts, etc.; and

  (6) The name, title, work address, and phone number of a contact person at the governmental body.

(e) The contact person shall provide sufficient information and answer in writing any questions necessary to process the request for exemption.

(f) If there is good cause to grant the exemption, because the request is duly documented, reasonable, and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the exemption shall be granted. The name of the governmental body shall be added to a list to be published annually in the Texas Register.

(g) If the request is not duly documented and/or the charges are beyond cost recovery, the request for exemption shall be denied. The letter of denial shall:

  (1) Explain the reason(s) the exemption cannot be granted; and

  (2) Whenever possible, propose alternative charges.

(h) All determinations to grant or deny a request for exemption shall be completed promptly, but shall not exceed 90 days from receipt of the request by the Attorney General.

Source Note: The provisions of this §70.4 adopted to be effective September 18, 1996, 21 TexReg 8587; amended to be effective January 16, 2003, 28 TexReg 439; transferred effective September 1, 2005, as published in the Texas Register September 29, 2006, 31 TexReg 8251; amended to be effective February 22, 2007, 32 TexReg 614

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