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Perry Security Records Can Stay Secret

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011  |  Updated 12:03 PM CDT
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Perry Security Records Can Stay Secret

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The Texas Supreme Court has ruled the state can keep secret travel expense records for Gov. Rick Perry's security detail.

The court's ruling Friday says safety concerns trump state open records laws.

The Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News sued in 2007 to get the records.

The Department of Public Safety provides security for the governor and fought to keep them secret. Two lower courts had ruled they should be open to the public.

The Legislature recently passed a new law allowing the travel records to be kept secret for 18 months after a trip. The law covers only new trips and does not cover previous ones.

Perry is considering a run for president and has made several trips outside Texas in recent weeks.

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