Sunshine Week: Requesting public records from Fort Bend County and the city of Richmond

All week long, Community Impact Newspaper has been promoting Sunshine Week to remind readers about the importance of open records access for both the press and the general public.

We have told you what open records you can request, some agencies you can request from, how to get them, as well as some proposed law changes that could affect open records access in Texas.

The cities of Sugar Land and Missouri City have a range of open records people can access, so we asked officials what requests are most commonly processed:

Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County  Matthew Grove of the Fort Bend County Attorney’s Office said the county received 615 requests last year and has received 97 this year. The most commonly requested open records are police reports.

To submit an open records request to Fort Bend County, use the online form.

 

The city of Richmond

The city of Richmond Secretary Laura Scarlato processes an average of 10 requests per month. The most commonly requested public records from the city are fire reports.

To submit an open records request with the city Richmond, use the online form.


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