University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Folder Records: 37 Address 6431 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas, 77030

APHIS #: 74-R-0068
OLAW/PHS Assurance #: D16-00257 (A3413-01)
Type: Public Higher Education

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Disclaimer: All animal data populated from lab annual report(s).

Records

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View 2020 Case 2O OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2020 Case 2N OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2020 Case 2M OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2020 Case 2L OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2020 Case 2K OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2020 Case 2H OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2J OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2I OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2G OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2F OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2E OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2D OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2C OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 Case 2B OLAW Noncompliance Correspondence PDF 10/17/2020 Download
View 2019 APHIS-OLAW Correspondence PDF 04/19/2021 Download
View 2019 APHIS-OLAW Correspondence PDF 04/19/2021 Download
View 2019 OLAW PHS Assurance PDF Includes Species Count 10/16/2020 Download
View 2019 Annual Report to OLAW PDF 10/16/2020 Download
View 2019 Contract PDF 07/08/2020 Download
View 2019 Animal Census PDF 07/08/2020 Download

Laws

Is the lab subject to the open records law in its state?Yes Yes

Is the lab subject to federal FOIA?No No

Anti-Cruelty Law

Name: Texas Anti-Cruelty Laws

Citation: VTCA Penal Code § 4209,§ 42091,§ 42092,§ 4210,§ 42105

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Open Records Law

Name: Texas Public Information Act

Citation: T.G.C. Chapter 552 Subchapter A

Commentary:

Anyone can file a request. Initial response time is ten business days. Texas has a unique system for public-records requests. If a university wants to withhold some or all documents that you’ve requested, it usually asks the Texas Attorney General for a ruling beforehand. The Texas AG almost always rubberstamps universities’ requests to deny documents. If this occurs, then you have no right to appeal. But if a university withholds documents without first asking for a ruling, you have the right to appeal to the AG. For requests under fifty pages, you can be charged only for the actual cost of duplication. Over fifty, you can be charged for labor and overhead. The law says that a university “shall” waive fees if the request is in the public interest. You can appeal fee determinations to the Texas Attorney General. When it comes to animal documents, Texas has a couple of devious ways to hide them. First, all records involving a university’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) are considered medical committee documents and, thus, are completely exempt from release under state law. Also, veterinary records are off the table unless the veterinarian’s employer (i.e. the university itself) consents to their release, but – guess what? – most universities don’t. The situation isn’t completely hopeless, though. While some universities go running to the Texas AG to withhold every record we ask for, others release varying amounts of documents even though they technically could withhold them.

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