Texas open records law updates urged

From MySanAntonio.com:

AUSTIN (Nov 26, 2012) — The state's 40-year-old law designed to keep government in the open needs a few tweaks to catch up with modern technology, open government advocates told a Texas Senate committee Monday.

The law should clarify, for example, that emails and text messages that public officials send from private accounts must be open for public review if the content is in any way related to public business.


Houston attorney Joseph Larsen, a member of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas board, suggested lawmakers adopt legislation similar to an Austin city ordinance requiring employees to forward emails to the governmental body's server when they use private accounts for communicating messages involving public business.

Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is a member of NFOIC.–eds.