Texas Health and Safety Code

As effective September 1, 2019

Sec. 1101.104: Exception: Disclosure Required By Court Or Administrative Hearings Official

(a) A court or administrative hearings official with competent jurisdiction may require disclosure of a portion of an audit report in a civil or administrative proceeding if the court or administrative hearings official determines, after an in camera review consistent with the appropriate rules of procedure, that:

(1) the privilege is asserted for a fraudulent purpose;

(2) the portion of the audit report is not subject to the privilege by application of Section 1101.102; or

(3) the portion of the audit report shows evidence of noncompliance with an environmental or health and safety law and appropriate efforts to achieve compliance with the law were not promptly initiated and pursued with reasonable diligence after discovery of noncompliance.

(b) A party seeking disclosure under this section has the burden of proving that Subsection (a)(1), (2), or (3) applies.

(c) Notwithstanding Chapter 2001, Government Code, a decision of an administrative hearings official under Subsection (a)(1), (2), or (3) of this section is directly appealable to a court of competent jurisdiction without disclosure of the audit report to any person unless so ordered by the court.

(d) A person claiming the privilege is subject to sanctions as provided by Rule 215 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure or to a fine not to exceed $10,000 if the court finds, consistent with fundamental due process, that the person intentionally or knowingly claimed the privilege for information that, by application of Section 1101.102, is not subject to the privilege.

(e) A determination of a court under this section is subject to interlocutory appeal to an appropriate appellate court.

Comments

Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 324 (S.B. 1488), Sec. 20.002(a), eff. September 1, 2017.