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Administrative/Government law Click here for the full text of this decision Light disclosed that he had not previously filed a suit against a government entity or employee of the state but failed to declare whether he had previously filed a pro se non-Family Code suit against a defendant other than a governmental entity or employee of the state, leaving the trial court in doubt about the extent of his previous pro se filings. FACTS:In filing a negligence suit against two employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Institutional Division, inmate Cameron Light filed an affidavit of indigence that included the statement saying, “This is also to verify that I have not filed any other lawsuits against any government entity or employee of the State of Texas.” The trial court dismissed the suit for failure to follow Civ. Prac. and Rem. Code �14.004, which requires an inmate to file an affidavit of previous filings. Light appeals. HOLDING:Affirmed as reformed to indicate that the dismissal is without prejudice. Light’s statement in his affidavit of indigence did not strictly comply with sec. 14.004, the court ruled, which requires a separate affidavit, even if the inmate has not had any previous filings. Even if filed in a separate affidavit, Light’s statement would not be adequate under �14.004. “Here, Light disclosed that he had not previously filed a suit against a government entity or employee of the State of Texas, but failed to declare whether he had previously filed a pro se non-Family Code suit against a defendant other than a governmental entity or employee of the State of Texas.” OPINION:Per curiam. McKeithen, C.J., Burgess and Gaultney, JJ.

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