I mentioned last month that Governor Perry doesn't want the public to find out where he's going. Now it turns out he also objects to telling them where he's been, refusing to release travel vouchers from the Governor's security detail. Reports the Houston Chronicle:
Attorneys for three Texas newspapers are expected to appear in district court here today in an attempt to force the Texas Department of Public Safety to release travel records of Gov. Rick Perry's security detail. ...Greg Abbott's idea that elected officials shouldn't have to reveal travel voucher for taxpayer-financed trips flat out astonishes me and goes against almost four decades of AG interpretations regarding such documents. For an AG who in his early years appeared to be pretty good on open records and meetings issues, the use of these strained interpretations to protect the Governor's schedule strikes me as both unnecessary and unseemly.
The Texas attorney general's office, which represents DPS, has said the documents should be exempt from public release because they could pose a security risk to the governor, his family, and others traveling with him, attorneys for the state said in court documents.