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Lawyers argue over governor's security detail

Lawyers argue over governor's security detail
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:35am

AUSTIN, Texas — A lawyer for news organizations told the Texas Supreme Court that the state should release travel vouchers for Gov. Rick Perry's protective detail.

But an attorney representing the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday those travel vouchers should be kept private and not reveal details that could endanger the governor or others traveling with him. Attorney David Morales said the DPS willingly releases the total amount of money spent on trips.

Lawyer William Christian, representing parent companies of the Austin American-Statesman, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, said the documents are an important tool for reporters. Christian wants the vouchers released under the Texas Public Information Act.

Republican Perry is facing Democrat Bill White in the Nov. 2 election.

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