Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find the Open Records Policy for the Legislative Budget Board (LBB)?
The Open Records Policy can be accessed here and it is also located on the Contact Us page.
Where can I go to get information about the LBB immediately?
The Open records email: firstname.lastname@example.org email address can be used as well as directly by phone at: (512-463-1185) to get information immediately from the LBB.
How may I obtain a printed copy of a LBB document?
The LBB does not distribute printed copies of documents that are available
publicly or that are available on the LBB website. Most documents
issued by the LBB during the last two legislative sessions may be
downloaded from the LBB website. Printed documentation not available
through the LBB may often be obtained by contacting the Legislative
Reference Library (512-463-1252), the Library and Archives Commission (512-463-5455), or your local public library.
How quickly are documents uploaded to the website?
Most documents are uploaded to the website within two weeks from the date of publication; however, delays can occur during key
periods of the budget cycle.
May I interview a member of the LBB staff?
LBB staff members are not available for interviews. The
LBB website contains many resources for budget related
information. Please contact the LBBs Public Information
Officer about information not contained on the site. Questions may also be submitted in writing to the
LBB (fax 512-475-2902) or emailed to
What can I do to get information from the LBB immediately when I need it to make a tight deadline or fulfill a professional obligation?
The LBB staff handles a tremendous volume of requests for information and
documents, especially during the legislative session. The agency answers all open records and information requests as quickly as
possible, but it cannot guarantee an answer on the same day a request is submitted. Specific questions about information not
contained on the site should be submitted in writing to the LBB (fax 512-475-2902).
What are the duties of the LBB? How long has it existed? Who serves on the board?
The answers to these questions can be found on the LBB website. The duties of
LBB personnel are listed under Responsibilities. The history of the
LBB is available under History. Current board
members are listed under Members, and previous board members are listed under
Where can I find information on legislation other than the Appropriations Bill?
Texas Legislature Online is the most comprehensive resource available for
gathering data about specific bills proposed during the legislative session. It displays a wealth of information including
LBB a bill's author, the history and the text of a bill, the
related fiscal note, bill analyses, witness lists, and summaries of committee action for a particular bill.
I need this month's issue of Fiscal Notes, but I don't see it on the site. How can I get a copy?
Fiscal Notes is a publication of the Comptroller of
Public Accounts. Contact that office at 512-463-4000, or go to their website for more information.
If I don't like the budget that's being proposed, can I talk to the LBB about changing it?
The LBB’s function in the budget process is to assist the legislature with the
details of drafting the state budget. At the start of a regular legislative session, a recommended budget is sent to both the House
Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. These two committees conduct public hearings on the Appropriations Bill. Any
differences between the Senate and House versions of the Appropriations Bill are studied and debated by the Conference Committee on
Appropriations. Although LBB staff assists the Legislature in this process, it has no
authority over final funding decisions. Therefore, individuals wishing to voice concerns and criticisms about the budget must do so through the
legislative process by contacting their state representatives, state senators, and the members of the committees.
I would like more information than the LBB has made available. How do I get it?
People who are unable to find the information they need on the LBB
website may submit a request in writing to the LBB Open Records Coordinator
(fax 512-475-2902), email the request to Open Records, or contact the
LBB's Public Information Officer (512-463-1200).