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Texas passes new transparency and open government laws

July 26, 2013

The Texas Legislature has implemented some critical changes to its open and transparent government policies to benefit public, state and local officials. According to The Dallas Morning News, the state is implementing a new system to monitor workflow at every level of government operations from school boards to county commissioners, as well as creating an online forum for officials to discuss important matters. And the public will have open access to these tools as well.

According to the news source, these policies, which will take effect on Sept. 1, will also incorporate video conferencing solutions to provide absent officials, and the public, access to meetings as they occur. Digital messaging services will also officially become part of public record, allowing Texas lawmakers and councilors to use text, email and other electronic messages in their daily activities - once illegal in the state.

IQM2's high-quality legislative and meeting management solutions can provide the foundation for these efforts for any state, county or town office, boosting transparency efforts. Using established, optimized tools will ensure integration and ease the transition to new forms of communication, e-voting and more for any local council.