Sec. 323.0145: Electronic Availability of Legislative Information Through the Internet

(a) In this section:

(1) "Internet" means the largest nonproprietary nonprofit cooperative public computer network, popularly known as the Internet.

(2) "Legislative information" means:

(A) a list of all the members of each house of the legislature;

(B) a list of the committees of the legislature and their members;

(C) the full text of each bill as filed and as subsequently amended, substituted, engrossed, or enrolled in either house of the legislature;

(D) the full text of each amendment or substitute adopted by a legislative committee for each bill filed in either house of the legislature;

(E) the calendar of each house of the legislature, the schedule of legislative committee hearings, and a list of the matters pending on the floor of each house of the legislature;

(F) detailed procedural information about how a bill filed in either house of the legislature becomes law, including detailed timetable information concerning the times under the constitution or the rules of either house when the legislature may take certain actions on a bill;

(G) the district boundaries or other identifying information for the following districts in Texas:

(i) house of representatives;

(ii) senate;

(iii) State Board of Education; and

(iv) United States Congress; and

(H) other information related to the legislative process that in the council's opinion should be made available through the Internet.

(b) The council, to the extent it considers it to be feasible and appropriate, may make legislative information available to the public through the Internet.

(c) The council may make available to the public through the Internet any documentation that describes the electronic digital formats of legislative information.

(d) The access to legislative information allowed by this section:

(1) is in addition to the public's access to the information through other electronic or print distribution of the information;

(2) does not alter, diminish, or relinquish any copyright or other proprietary interest or entitlement of the State of Texas or a private entity under contract with the state; and

(3) does not affect Section 323.014.

(e) If the text of a document described by Subsection (a)(2)(C) or (D) includes a cross-reference to a section of state statute, the council to the extent feasible shall include in any electronic version of the document made available to the public through the Internet an electronic link or other method by which a person reading the document may automatically access the text of the referenced section.

Comments

Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 877, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 145 (H.B. 1271), Sec. 1, eff. November 1, 2014.