DPS Tries To Deny Open Records Security Travel Request

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - A ruling is expected today from a state district
judge on whether the Texas Department of Public Safety must release
travel information of Gov. Rick Perry's security detail.
During a court hearing on yesterday on a lawsuit filed to get
the information, the head of the DPS security detail testified that
releasing the travel vouchers would endanger Perry, his family and
those who travel with him.
Lt. David Armistead testified that releasing the travel
documents on the security detail would put them at greater risk by
revealing some DPS security measures.
The documents in question provide a detailed list of the travel
expenses paid by the state for the security detail that accompanies
the governor on trips, even those journeys that are not considered
state business.
Austin American-Statesman reporter W. Gardner Selby and Peggy
Fikac of the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle
requested the information last year under the state's Public
Information Act.
The attorney general's office had said earlier that the
information couldn't be released because the governor has a privacy
right to be safe from physical harm.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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