Texas Bill Would Ban Texting By Public Officials

AUSTIN (AP) – A Texas lawmaker wants to ban emails, text messages and Internet posting by city and state leaders when they are doing the public’s business.

A bill by Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi would amend the Texas Open Meetings Act. The proposal says an official would be committing an offense if he or she transmits an electronic message during a public meeting.

The Austin American-Statesman reports, for Thursday editions, that Hunter is considering how violators should be punished. Hunter also says the update is necessary for Texas to take the open meetings law into the digital age.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Hunter became involved in the issue after a spat during a city council meeting involving two members texting each other.

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  • Donna

    I think it’s so sadly childish that there has to be a “law” for something that is simple common sense and good manners.

    • Gumbt rules

      You don’t get out on the highways do you?

      Ever seen those knuckleheads trying to drive 60 MPH and talk/text?

      And you think it is bad when they try to do it sitting down during a meeting?

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  • billy

    It is sad….when REAL working people get FIRED for using a phone on the job…NOTHING like having BIGOTS in government working (I mean..on the payroll) doing whatever…whenever they please!!!

  • texasguy028

    in answer to billy-
    ” I got to work to get paid? You didn’t tell me that!”

  • Darren

    So if your City Councilman needs to text his wife to let her know the meeting is running longer than expected, we need to lock him up?

    • Gumby Rules

      Yes, and fine him. If he HAS to check-in with his wife then there is obviously a trust issue there that needs to be addressed.

  • BIGD

    No Darren………..we should get a rope and take him to the drag races….

  • Karen

    The intent is that there are no digital messages while in a public meeting. But that’s not to say that the public official can’t step out of the public meeting and answer the text, email or phone call.

  • KansasCityDunkContest

    I dont see any harm in texting, tweeting or updating a facebook status during a public meeting or forum setting. Technology has brought us to an age where your status of “In Da Meetin” can be very important. I say do as you see fit and shoot me a text while your doing it brah!

  • BombthePeasants

    I think they should wait, and do their texting and facebooking while driving, like the rest of us.

  • SanctionedSalami

    I would have to agree with KansasCity Technology is a wonderful thing. I can now sext will driving, eating a chipotle burrito and video speed dating with 4 chicks at one time……..Eat that Wilt Chamberlain!!!!!

  • texas heartland

    Lets all say it together…Big Brother!!!

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