Bill Text: TX SB1732 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to a requirement that certain water districts make audio and video recordings of open meetings available on the Internet.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-09 - Referred to County Affairs [SB1732 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB1732-Introduced.html
  86R3186 SRS-D
 
  By: Paxton S.B. No. 1732
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a requirement that certain water districts make audio
  and video recordings of open meetings available on the Internet.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Sections 551.128(a) and (b-1), Government Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  In this section:
               (1)  [,] "Internet" means the largest nonproprietary
  cooperative public computer network, popularly known as the
  Internet.
               (2)  "Water district" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 551.131(a).
         (b-1)  A transit authority or department subject to Chapter
  451, 452, 453, or 460, Transportation Code, an elected school
  district board of trustees for a school district that has a student
  enrollment of 10,000 or more, an elected governing body of a
  home-rule municipality that has a population of 50,000 or more, a
  water district whose territory includes land in three or more
  counties, or a county commissioners court for a county that has a
  population of 125,000 or more shall:
               (1)  make a video and audio recording of reasonable
  quality of each:
                     (A)  regularly scheduled open meeting that is not
  a work session or a special called meeting; and
                     (B)  open meeting that is a work session or
  special called meeting if:
                           (i)  the governmental body is an elected
  school district board of trustees for a school district that has a
  student enrollment of 10,000 or more; and
                           (ii)  at the work session or special called
  meeting, the board of trustees votes on any matter or allows public
  comment or testimony; and
               (2)  make available an archived copy of the video and
  audio recording of each meeting described by Subdivision (1) on the
  Internet.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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