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Overview

Agency History

George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Legislation, 1999,

Agency rules, policies, and procedures, 1981, 1990-2000, undated,

Calendars, 1998-2000,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor George W. Bush:

An Inventory of Governor George W. Bush General Counsel Legislation and Other Records Located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, 1981, 1990-2000, undated, bulk 1999



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (1995-2000 : Bush)
Title: Governor George W. Bush General Counsel legislation and other records
Dates: 1981, 1990-2000, undated
Dates: bulk 1999
Abstract: Duties of the Texas Governor's General Counsel include providing statute interpretations; tracking inmates on death row as their cases move through the judicial process, including all appeals to the governor for commutations or stays of execution; analyzing proposed legislation and regulations for validity and legal effect; handling extradition and requisition matters; coordinating ethics guidelines and training for the governor's office; and providing legal advice and handling litigation filed against the governor or the Governor's Office, in conjunction with actions of the Attorney General on the governor's behalf. Records are legislation; agency rules, policies, and procedures; and calendars, 1981, 1990-2000, undated, bulk 1999, maintained by general counsel staff during Governor George W. Bush's tenure in office.
Quantity: 1.3 cubic ft.
Location: The records are located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the Senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.

The office of governor was first established by the Constitution of 1845 and superseded the office of president of the Republic of Texas. The position now exists under authority of Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1876 and Texas Government Code, Chapter 401. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding the election. In 1972, the term of office was extended from two to four years, effective in 1975. Since 1856 the governor has had the use of the Governor's Mansion.

In 1999 there were 198 full time equivalent employees in the Office of the Governor. Thirteen divisions outside of the Executive Office assist the governor in carrying out his functions: Administration, Appointments, Budget & Planning, Communications, General Counsel, Legislative, Policy, Scheduling, Criminal Justice Division, Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, Office of Film, Music, Television and Multimedia Industries, Women's Commission, and Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.

The General Counsel position within the Texas Office of the Governor was created in October 1973 when the Executive Director of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division appointed an individual as General Counsel, to assist him in providing statute interpretations and in other matters relating to policies and procedures. Today the Office of the General Counsel is a separate division in the Governor's Office. During the Bush Administration, Alberto Gonzales served as General Counsel, succeeded in 1998 by Margaret Wilson.

Duties of the General Counsel include providing statute interpretations; tracking inmates on death row as their cases move through the judicial process, including all appeals to the governor for commutations or stays of execution; handling pardon requests sent to the governor; reviewing proposed settlements, land patents, grant requests, contracts, easements, and deeds for the governor; analyzing proposed legislation and regulations for validity and legal effect; assisting appointments staff in determining eligibility and other legal issues related to proposed appointments; handling extradition and requisition matters; coordinating ethics guidelines and training for the governor's office; advising the governor on federal programs administered by the state; coordinating the governor's criminal justice policy with the governor's Policy Director; and providing legal advice and handling litigation filed against the governor or the Governor's Office, in conjunction with actions of the Attorney General on the governor's behalf.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 9th and 10th eds., (1996 and 1999); the contents of the records; and versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)

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George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

George W. Bush served as governor of Texas from January 17, 1995 to December 21, 2000, resigning as governor in the middle of his second term to become president of the United States.

He challenged the incumbent governor, Democrat Ann Richards, running on promises to improve public education and to reform the juvenile justice system, welfare, and the state's tort laws -- the system under which an injured person may sue for damages. During the 74th Legislature in 1995, he worked with the Democrats who controlled both houses of the Texas legislature and managed to get bills passed that dealt with the four issues he had emphasized in his campaign. Bush was seen as pro-business and a consensus-builder.

Bush advocated and signed the two largest tax cuts to date in Texas history, totaling over $3 billion. To pay for the cuts, he sought (unsuccessfully) federal approval of a plan to privatize Texas' social services. Education reform was a priority throughout his terms, with legislation emphasizing local control of schools, higher standards, and a revised curriculum. Controversy has followed, with charter schools mired in financial scandals and protests against one test determining a child's promotion. After winning reelection in 1998, Bush began his bid for the presidency and was not as involved in the 76th Legislature in 1999.

George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Andover Academy, and received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's from Harvard Business School. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. In 1978, Bush was defeated in a run for the U.S. Congress in West Texas. He was involved in energy exploration from the 1970s into the 1980s. From 1989 until his election as governor, Bush worked with the Texas Rangers baseball organization, leading a group of partners in purchasing the team, and then serving as managing general partner. He married Laura Welch in 1977; they have two daughters.

(Sources include: Versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Duties of the Texas Governor's General Counsel include providing statute interpretations; tracking inmates on death row as their cases move through the judicial process, including all appeals to the governor for commutations or stays of execution; analyzing proposed legislation and regulations for validity and legal effect; handling extradition and requisition matters; coordinating ethics guidelines and training for the governor's office; and providing legal advice and handling litigation filed against the governor or the Governor's Office, in conjunction with actions of the Attorney General on the governor's behalf. Records are legislation; agency rules, policies, and procedures; and calendars, maintained by general counsel staff during Governor George W. Bush's tenure in office. Types of materials include legislative bills and bill analyses, fiscal notes, notices of hearings, amendments, committee agenda and minutes, notes, research, case summaries, statutes, witness lists, open government impact statements, an Attorney General opinion, briefings, comments, a comparison chart, schedules, correspondence, folder labels, calendars, memoranda, rules, policies, procedures, clippings, articles, publications, a retention schedule, and a directory, 1981, 1990-2000, undated, bulk 1999.

Legislation maintained by Assistant General Counsel James Hines covers bills related to open records, open meetings, and the judiciary introduced during the 76th Legislature, Regular Session, 1999. Agency rules, policies, and procedures, 1981, 1990-2000, undated, concern ethics, extradition, records retention, public information, media interviews, and general counsel duties. Calendars kept by general counsel staff, 1998-2000, provide a record of meetings and events, including execution dates, staff meetings, and personal appointments.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into three series:
Legislation, 1999, 0.65 cubic ft.
Agency rules, policies, and procedures, 1981, 1990-2000, undated, 0.35 cubic ft.
Calendars, 1998-2000, 0.3 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), certain legislative documents (§552.106), attorney client privilege (§552.107), agency memoranda (§552.111), and home address, home phone number, social security number, and personal family information of a government employee (§552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Records series described in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to each of them. The terms of access are found following the series' descriptions.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Hines, James.
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Corporate Names:
Texas. Office of the Governor. Office of the General Counsel.
Subjects:
Government information--Law and legislation--Texas.
Legislation--Texas.
Public records--Law and legislation--Texas.
Governors--Texas.
Government attorneys--Texas.
Extradition--Texas.
Ethics--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Document Types:
Calendars--Texas--Government attorneys--1998-2000.
Rules--Texas--Governors--1981, 1990-2000.
Legislative records--Texas--Governors--1999.
Memorandums--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Clippings--Texas--Ethics--1990-1994.
Functions:
Advising Texas governors.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Governor George W. Bush Senior Advisor's Office records, Education bill files, 1998-1999, bulk 1999, 0.5 cubic ft.
Texas Governor George W. Bush Policy Office records, Bill files, 1994-1999, 54 cubic ft.
Texas Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office records, Bill files, 1995-1999, 110 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel legislation and other records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2002/151

In December 2000, Governor George W. Bush designated the George Bush Presidential Library as the repository for the records from his tenure as Governor of Texas, under authority of Texas Government Code, Section 441.201. Shortly after he left office, the records were shipped to the Bush Library in College Station, Texas. Texas Attorney General John Cornyn ruled the records are state records subject to the Texas Public Information Act and the management of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission even after transfer to a federal facility (Opinion No. JC-0498, May 3, 2002). In July 2002 the records were transferred from the Bush Library to the Texas State Archives in Austin for preparation for research use. In June 2003, a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and George W. Bush replaced a January 2002 interim memorandum of understanding. The records were moved to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in February 2013.

Processing Information

Tonia J. Wood, March 2008

Finding aid updated by Tonia J. Wood, April 2013

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Legislation, 1999,
0.65 cubic ft.

Duties of the Governor's General Counsel include analyzing proposed legislation and regulations for validity and legal effect. Records are legislation from the 76th Legislature, Regular Session, maintained by Assistant General Counsel James Hines, who was also responsible for public information requests during the latter portion of Governor Bush's tenure. Files mostly contain various versions of legislative bills and bill analyses, but also may include fiscal notes, notices of hearings, amendments, committee agenda and minutes, notes, research, case summaries, statutes, witness lists, open government impact statements, an Attorney General opinion, briefings, comments, a comparison chart, schedules, correspondence, and folder labels, dating 1999. Much of the legislation concerns open records, open meetings, and the judiciary. Files containing more than routine copies of bills, analyses, fiscal notes, amendments, etc. are described in the folder listing. See also Governor George W. Bush Legislative Office bill files, Policy Office bill files, and Senior Advisor's Office Education bill files for additional legislation reviewed by the Governor's Office.
Arrangement
These records are divided between Senate and House files, and then arranged in numerical order by bill number. Two general folders are filed first.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Legislation, Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel legislation and other records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, certain legislative documents (§552.106), attorney client privilege (§552.107), and agency memoranda (§552.111), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
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[All folders may contain possibly excepted information: certain legislative records, agency memoranda]
Box
2002/151-408 General files:
House and Senate standing committee hearing schedule, April 25 and May 20, 1999
Folder labels
Senate:
Senate Committee on State Affairs minutes and witness list, March 25, 1999
Senate Jurisprudence Committee agenda, April 12, 1999
SB [Senate Bill] 57
SB 136, Harris, Relating to donations of juror reimbursements
SB 183, Drew Nixon, Relating to the acceptance of gifts by certain state agencies
SB 191, Ogden, Relating to restrictions on certain actions involving the executive head of a state agency or special district
SB 265, Duncan, Relating to the temporary assignment of a district court judge to a court of appeals
SB 277, Carona, Relating to rendition by the attorney general of decisions requested under the open records law
SB 279, Carona, Relating to the charge for providing public information requested for an official purpose by a governmental body
SB 294, Harris, Relating to the appointment of probate masters for certain courts
[Includes Senate Jurisprudence Committee agenda, February 8, 1999.]
SB 348, Haywood, Relating to the civil liability of charitable organizations that are chambers of commerce
[Includes notes.]
SB 424, Carona, Relating to the examination required for certification as a court reporter
SB 667, Carona, Relating to the repeal of the exception to disclosure under the public information law of information submitted by an ...historically underutilized business
SB 747, Shapleigh, Relating to determining the type of public information most often requested from state governmental bodies
SB 879, Wentworth, Relating to the requiring governmental bodies to prominently display a sign that states the basic requirements of the open records law
SB 916, Wentworth, Relating to notices of open meetings posted by the secretary of state
SB 1001, 1007, Wentworth, Relating to multicounty statutory probate courts and staffing of certain courts with statutory probate court jurisdiction
SB 1021, Rodney Ellis, Relating to records of probate proceedings
SB 1039, Wentworth, Relating to access to information held by or for the judiciary
SB 1040, Wentworth, Relating to the imposition of a charge for making available for inspection certain public records
SB 1041, Wentworth, Relating to the enforcement of the public information law
[5 folders]
[Includes statutes from 18 states with enforcement provisions.]
SB 1042, 1043, 1044, 1045, Wentworth, Relating to public information law changes and attorney general decision requests
SB 1046, Wentworth, Relating to the criteria the Sunset Advisory Commission uses in its review of state agencies
SB 1047, Wentworth, Relating to the application of the open records law to information about a business prospect...
SB 1078, Shapleigh, Relating to qualifications of jurors serving in the El Paso municipal courts of record
SB 1150, 1163, Wentworth, Relating to the statutory probate court jurisdiction
SB 1167, Wentworth, Relating to the use of recording devices to preserve court proceedings
SB 1366, Harris, Relating to court reporting firms
SB 1367, Harris, Relating to legislative access to information
SB 1436, Duncan, Relating to the authority of a judge to hear pretrial matters in county other than one in which suit is filed
SB 1551, 1552, 1554, Rodney Ellis, Relating to probate and decedents' estates
SB 1639, Carona, Relating to the application of the open meetings law and public information law to certain meetings and information
SB 1642, Drew Nixon, Relating to the requirement that certain meetings of an appraisal review board be open to the public
SB 1851, Wentworth, Relating to public access to governmental information and decisions including revisions to the public information law
[6 folders]
[Includes correspondence, comments, and comparison charts.]
SB 1860, Sibley, Relating to the validity of certain devices or bequests
House:
HB [House Bill] 57, Cuellar, Relating to persons authorized to administer oaths made in Texas
[Includes Committee on Judicial Affairs agenda for March 1, 1999.]
HB 115, Todd Smith, Relating to certain rights of a trustee and settlor concerning a charitable trust
HB 156, Wolens, Relating to the application of the open meetings law for certain meetings at which a governmental body receives...
[Includes correspondence.]
HB 192, Longoria, Relating to the licensing of certain persons as attorneys
HB 413, Talton, Relating to the repeal of the exception to disclosure under the public information law of information submitted by...historically underutilized businesses
HB 595, 596, Maxey, Relating to allowing governmental body to discuss test questions in a closed meeting; application of open meeting law and open records law to certain entities that are part of certain contracts
[Includes comments and internal email.]
HB 599, Gallego, Relating to the application of the open meetings law to district judges performing management or administrative functions
HB 611, Janek, Relating to confidentiality of certain personal information provided by a customer to a business
[2 folders]
[Includes executive summary and comments submitted by finance-related organizations.]
HB 836, Tracy King, Relating to access under the public information law to birth and death indexes
[Includes Attorney General opinion DM-146, memo, and notes.]
HB 1142, Thompson, Relating to records of probate proceedings
HB 1220, Keel, Relating to the exception to disclosure under the public information law of audit working papers and draft audits
HB 1274, Tillery, Relating to the administration of oaths in this state by certain judges and clerks
HB 1356, Bosse, Relating to possession of motor vehicle, vessel or outboard motor
HB 1379, Allen, Relating to information about a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) inmate that is subject to public disclosure or excepted from public disclosure
[Bill reviewed by Rose Hayden of Governor's Office Criminal Justice Division. Includes briefing submitted by TDCJ general counsel.]
HB 1460, Dunman, Relating to lobbying activities in connection with certain judicial rules
HB 1461, Dunman, Relating to oversight of and public access to the supreme court and court of criminal appeals
HB 1507, Wolens, Relating to the practice of law
[2 folders]
[Includes case summary and article.]
HB 1508, Palmer, Relating to the forfeiture of rights and interests of certain heirs, devisees, legatees, owners and donees
HB 1605, Thompson, Relating to the transfer of cases by statutory probate courts
[Includes case summary.]
HB 1852, Thompson, Relating to the administration of decedent's estates
HB 2105, Capelo, Relating to judicial review of the validity or applicability of state agency rules and decisions in contested cases
HB 2114, Danburg, Relating to the application of the open meeting law to a board or committee of a sports and community venue district
HB 2168, Naishtat, Relating to the appointment of a registered agent to accept service of process in this state on behalf of a business entity
[Includes notes.]
HB 2557, Glaze, Relating to the application of the open meetings law and open records law to entities that are parties to contracts
HB 2580, Hartnett, Relating to the transfer of certain proceedings to a statutory probate court
HB 2581, Eiland, Relating to appeals of certain interlocutory orders
HB 2833, Sylvester Turner, Relating to determining the types of public information most often requested from state governmental bodies
HB 3156, Wolens, Relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted codes
HB 3218, McCall, Relating to the disclosure of certain information maintained or obtained by the comptroller of public accounts
HB 3604, Uresti, Relating to the imposition of sanctions by a court on a person who signs a pleading or motion
HB 3792, Chavez, Relating to the qualifications of jurors serving in the El Paso municipal courts of record
HJR [House Joint Resolution] 44, Ramsay, Relating to the filling of a vacancy in the office of the governor or lieutenant governor
[4 folders]
[Includes statutes, notes, and case summaries.]
HJR 52, Palmer, Relating to the forfeiture of rights and interests of certain heirs, devisees, legatees, and donees

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Agency rules, policies, and procedures, 1981, 1990-2000, undated,
0.35 cubic ft.

Duties of the General Counsel include providing statute interpretations; handling extradition and requisition matters; coordinating ethics guidelines and training for the governor's office; and providing legal advice and handling litigation filed against the governor or the Governor's Office, in conjunction with actions of the Attorney General on the governor's behalf. Agency rules, policies, and procedures cover responsibilities of the Governor's Office as well as functions specifically carried out by general counsel staff. Types of records are memoranda, correspondence, rules, policies, procedures, clippings, articles, publications, comments, a retention schedule, and a directory, dating 1981, 1990-2000, undated. Subjects include records retention, ethics, extradition, public information, lawsuit notification, media interviews, and general counsel duties.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by topic as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Agency rules, policies, and procedures, Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel legislation and other records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, attorney client privilege (§552.107) and agency memoranda (§552.111), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
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Tonia J. Wood, March 2008
Box
2002/151-408 Record retention schedule:
Records custodian, August 1995, January 1998
Memo from Texas State Library and Archives Commission with attachment, September 1996
June, August 1995; April-May 1996
[File includes memos, procedures, and correspondence concerning records management policy, designation of a records administrator, and revisions to retention schedule for general counsel records.]
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda; attorney-client privilege]
Retention schedule, November 1994
General counsel duties, 1999
Extradition information:
Extradition in a nutshell, between 1997 and 2000
National Association of Extradition Officials directory, June 1998
Leslie W. Abramson, "Extradition in America: Of uniform acts and governmental discretion," Baylor Law Review, Fall 1981
[2 copies; 2 folders]
Extradition in Texas, 1991
Ethics:
1997-1999
[File contains two signed audio and videotaping policy releases, cease and desist letters, and Office of State-Federal Relations ethics policy.]
Staff memos, 1996-1998
[Subjects include lobbying, solicitation, and political activity.]
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda; attorney-client privilege]
Conflicts of interest, 1990-1994, undated
[6 folders]
[File contains packet of information including Public Citizen comments and clippings concerning ethics and legislators' conflicts of interest.]
Lawsuit notification, 1997-1998
[Contains possibly excepted information: agency memoranda; attorney-client privilege]
General, Using Westlaw.com, June 1999
Media interview rules, 1999 or 2000
Public Information Act:
Update, February 2000
Updates, December 1999-January 2000

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Calendars, 1998-2000,
0.3 cubic ft.

Duties of the General Counsel include tracking inmates on death row as their cases move through the judicial process, including all appeals to the governor for commutations or stays of execution, and providing legal advice and handling litigation filed against the governor or the Governor's Office, in conjunction with actions of the Attorney General on the governor's behalf. Records are calendars, 1998-2000, maintained by the Governor's General Counsel staff to provide a reminder for meetings and events. Four calendars are spiral-bound monthly planners kept by General Counsel Margaret Wilson and Assistant General Counsel James Hines. One desk pad monthly planner was maintained by an unknown person in the General Counsel's Office. Calendars note information including execution dates for death row inmates, meetings, and personal appointments.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by staff member and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Calendars, Texas Governor George W. Bush General Counsel legislation and other records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101) and home address, home phone number, social security number, and personal family information of a government employee (§552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Processed by
Tonia J. Wood, March 2008
[All calendars may contain possibly excepted information: privacy; home addresses, home phone numbers, family information of government employees]
Box
2002/151-407 Margaret Wilson's monthly planners:
1998
1999
James Hines's monthly planners:
1999
2000
Box
Governor Bush Oversize Box 3 Unknown staff member's desk pad monthly calendar, 2000

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