Battle brews over official's e-mails
August 18, 2001
AUSTIN A legal fight is brewing over an Arlington councilwoman's e-mails from her private computer that the attorney general says are public records.
City officials have filed a lawsuit claiming the e-mails aren't public records because council members conduct official business only during public meetings.
City officials also question whether the ruling would harm a balance between the public's right to know and privacy rights.
The city says the e-mails are not public records if they were written on a private computer and no city money was spent.
"This whole question of e-mail is evolving," said Arlington Assistant City Attorney Don King Jr.
by Associated Press