Tex. Local Gov't Code Section 202.005
Right of Recovery


(a)

The governing body may demand and receive from any person any local government record in private possession created or received by the local government the removal of which was not authorized by law.

(b)

If the person in possession of a local government record refuses to deliver the record on demand, the governing body may petition the district court of the county in which the person resides for the return of the record. If the court finds that the record is a local government record, the court shall order the return of the record.

(c)

As part of the petition to the district court or at any time after its filing, the governing body may petition to have the record seized pending the determination of the court if the governing body finds the record is in danger of being destroyed, mutilated, altered, secreted, or removed from the state.

(d)

The director and librarian may demand and receive from any person any local government record of permanent value in private possession.

(e)

If the person in possession of the local government record of permanent value refuses to deliver the record on demand, the director and librarian may ask the attorney general to petition for the recovery of the record as provided by this section. As part of the petition or at any time after its filing, the attorney general may petition to have the record seized pending the determination of the court if the governing body finds the record is in danger of being destroyed, mutilated, altered, secreted, or removed from the state.

(f)

A local government record recovered as the result of a petition by the attorney general shall be transferred to the custody of the commission or, at the discretion of the director and librarian, be returned to the local government that originally had custody of the record.

(g)

If a local government refuses to deliver custody of a record to the commission as provided by Section 201.007 (Records of Abolished Local Governments), 201.008 (Records of Abolished Offices of County Superintendents of Schools), or 203.050 (Inspection of Permanent Records), the director and librarian may ask the attorney general to petition for recovery of the record. If the court determines that the director and librarian has acted in accordance with Section 201.007 (Records of Abolished Local Governments), 201.008 (Records of Abolished Offices of County Superintendents of Schools), or 203.050 (Inspection of Permanent Records), as applicable, and with regard to Section 203.050 (Inspection of Permanent Records), the court finds that the survival of the record is imperiled, the court shall order the record to be transferred to the custody of the commission.

(h)

If a governing body petitions a court for the recovery of a record under Subsection (b) and prevails or if the attorney general petitions a court for the recovery of a record under Subsection (e) or (g) and prevails, the court shall award attorney’s fees and court costs to the prevailing party.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1248, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.

Source: Section 202.005 — Right of Recovery, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.­202.­htm#202.­005 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Accessed:
Jun. 5, 2024

§ 202.005’s source at texas​.gov