City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Austin has submitted a catastrophe notice to the Texas Office of the Attorney General to suspend certain deadlines under the Texas Public Information Act for seven calendar days. This notice and the suspension will allow City departments involved in the response to the winter weather to continue to provide life-saving assistance to its residents.
The City submitted the notice on February 22, 2021, in accordance with section 552.233 of the Texas Government Code. This provision authorizes a governmental body to suspend the applicability of the requirements of the Public Information Act if the governmental body is affected by a catastrophe. This notice will expire on March 1, 2021.
Departments whose operations were not affected by the winter weather will continue to respond to public information requests under normal procedures.
These notice provisions were passed by the Texas Legislature in 2019 in response to Hurricane Harvey. Several governmental entities have used this procedure during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This extreme winter weather event is the first time the City of Austin has implemented this notice.