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Kaufman County Clerk's office and Public Information Act
Posted by: Steve Smith (ID *****3655) Date: August 09, 2003 at 08:13:29
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Yesterday, on my first ever trip to the Kaufman County Clerk's office, I was shocked and angered to have been denied access to death records of my ancestors (over 50 years old, of course) unless I paid them $9.00 per record for a copy. They would NOT allow me to examine the records to transcribe the data and would NOT provide a "simple" copy as provided by the Public Information Act - only option was the copy for $9.00. I don't know about anyone else, but I cannot afford a half-dozen or more records at $9.00 a shot. I've examined the Public Information/Open Government laws from the State Attorney General's website and it seems to me that they are violating several state laws with this policy. I've done research all over Texas and have never encountered a county courthouse with this attitude. Before I file a complaint with the District Attorney of Kaufman Co., has anyone else pursued this issue?

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