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[ga] Digital signature and other Internet related laws adopted in Texas
FYI, Texas has just enacted several pieces of legislation relating
to use of the Internet
SB 916 Notice of State meetings on Internet
1-6 (a) The secretary of state must post notice on the
1-7 of a meeting of a state board, commission, department, or
1-8 having statewide jurisdiction for at least seven days
1-9 day of the meeting.
SB 1058 Digital signature
287-21 Sec. 2A.110. DIGITAL SIGNATURE. (a) A written
287-22 communication sent from within or received in this state in
287-23 connection with a transaction governed by this chapter is
287-24 considered signed if a digital signature is transmitted
287-26 (b) This section does not preclude any symbol from
288-1 valid as a signature under other applicable law, including
288-3 (c) The use of a digital signature under this
288-4 subject to criminal laws pertaining to fraud and computer
288-5 including Chapters 32 and 33, Penal Code.
288-6 (d) In this section "digital signature" means an
288-7 identifier intended by the person using it to have the same
288-8 and effect as the use of a manual signature.
SB 1252 Broadcast of open meetings may be over the Internet...
1-3 SECTION 1. Subchapter F, Chapter 551, Government Code
1-5 Sec. 551.128. INTERNET BROADCAST OF OPEN MEETING.
1-9 (b) Subject to the requirements of this section, a
1-10 governmental body may broadcast an open meeting over the
1-20 SUBCHAPTER F. MEETINGS USING [BY] TELEPHONE,
1-21 [CONFERENCE CALL OR] VIDEOCONFERENCE, OR INTERNET
1-22 SECTION 3. (a) The Department of Information
1-23 shall form a task force to determine whether:
1-24 (1) a governmental body can:
2-1 (A) receive real-time testimony from a
2-2 watching the broadcast of a meeting of the governmental
2-3 the Internet; and
2-4 (B) provide a way for the public to
2-5 the governmental body over the Internet on the issues
2-6 the meeting; and
2-7 (2) the audio and video signals broadcast over
2-8 Internet can be of sufficient quality so that members of
2-9 watching the broadcast of the meeting can observe the
2-10 hear the voice of each participant in the open portion of
HB 2611: Reports of political contributions and expenses to be
Also of interest:
HB 156: Applies the open meetings law to certain gatherings at
which a governmental body receives information from third persons,
including government employees (i.e. staff reports) even if the body
does not deliberate.