AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Legislature has amended the Open Meetings Act to allow for video teleconferences.
The bill sent to the governor on Thursday would allow public officials to meet using a teleconference even if a quorum is not physically present. Supporters say the bill will bring the state's strict rules for official meetings into the modern age by allowing public officials to use Internet technology.
The proposed change would require that officials broadcast the teleconference live at the meeting so the public physically present can watch and listen.
But opponents worry the law will allow officials to avoid the appearing in-person before the public. They also worry that the public will not have a chance to interact with public officials.
The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature.
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