Ban sought on texting while lawmaking
AUSTIN – Open Meetings Act addition would affect electronic communications by any public official at public meeting. On any given day when legislative committees gather, state lawmakers can be seen hammering away on BlackBerrys, iPhones and other mobile devices. But one powerful member of the Texas House wants to put an end to texting while legislating. A bill by Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi , would make an addition to the Texas Open Meetings Act. And it would apply to any public meeting, whether it’s a House committee or a small-town city council meeting.