Texas Bill Would Ban Texting by Public Officials

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.