Florida – City to consider text messaging, public records policy

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The City of Tallahassee will consider a new public records policy regarding text messages to and from city employees at its December meeting.

In an item outlined in the meeting agenda, the City states, “As text messaging has become more prevalent, the City must develop a uniform system for retaining text messages as it does e-mails.”

“What the city commission wants to do is make sure that we have a comprehensive system to capture all of our public records so that we can be responsive and provide them as requested and as needed,” said Jim Cooke, City Treasurer-Clerk.

The proposed policy calls for all text messages sent or received by a city phone to be archived by the company Smarsh Inc., which currently 
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