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Committee: Senate Open Government
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Attorney General opinions | E-mail | Electronic security | Historical records | Open records requests and decisions | Public Information Act, Texas | Records management |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Op2
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [22 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the need for revisions to the Public Information Act to address changes in the performance of public functions and make recommendations for changes. Specifically, consider the following:
  • the use of new technologies and future technological advances as relates to the creation of public information;
  • the extent to which the Public Information Act impacts third-party contractors with state and local government;
  • the need to codify or clarify existing Attorney General opinions.
2. Examine the effectiveness of security measures used to protect electronic information held by state agencies and make recommendations for enhancing security, if needed.
3. Review record retention policies for state and local governments and make recommendations for improvements to record retention schedules and policies, including e-­mail retention and archiving requirements. Consider the benefits and disadvantages of creating a uniform record retention policy.
4. Study ways to define and address frivolous and/or overly-burdensome open records requests. Include an analysis of appropriate cost recovery by governmental entities for expenses and time related to responding to requests, while ensuring the public has adequate access to public information.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: E-mail | Election administration | Election fraud | Lobbyists | Political advertising | Provisional ballots | State purchasing | Voter identification | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 EL25he
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [161 pages  File size: 19,242 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the general issue of electronic voting technology, including the issues of general benefits and risks, security and accuracy, paper trails, etc.
2. Examine the prevalence of fraud in Texas elections, considering prosecution rates and measures for prevention. Study new laws in other states regarding voter identification, and recommend statutory changes necessary to ensure that only eligible voters can vote in Texas elections. Specifically study the Texas mail-in ballot system, the provisional voting system, and the various processes for purging voter lists of ineligible voters.
3. Monitor the continued implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 by the Office of the Secretary of State, specifically including the implementation of the Texas Election Administration Management system to maintain voter registration records, administer elections, and execute and report election results.
4. Study poll worker recruitment and training in Texas, and suggest possible statutory improvements.
5. Monitor which counties are chosen by the Office of the Secretary of State for the new super precinct pilot program, and observe their progress.
6. Study the exemption in the Texas lobby contingent fee ban, which currently permits contingent fees and does not require lobby registration, for influencing the purchasing of goods and services by a state agency. Consider whether this exemption should be amended or repealed.
7. Research the current Texas law prohibiting the use of public resources for political advertising, and determine whether the law needs to be amended to clarify that publicly funded e-mail systems may not be used for political advertising.
8. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: E-mail | Election fraud | Election laws | Ethics Commission, Texas | Internet | Secretary of State, Texas | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting systems |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 El25he
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [62 pages  File size: 20,001 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the continued implementation of the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) by the Office of the Secretary of State, as major HAVA deadlines occur throughout 2006.
2. Examine the prevalence of fraud in Texas elections, considering prosecution rates and measures of prevention.
3. Examine the growing use of technology in campaigns and the administration of elections, and the need to recodify sections of the Texas Election Code to reflect our current practices.
4. Examine ways to improve the uniformity and efficiency of elections held by political subdivisions, particularly by exploring market practices for leasing voting equipment.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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