H.B. No. 423

relating to the online availability of certain state publications. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter G, Chapter 441, Government Code, is amended by adding Section 441.1035 to read as follows: Sec. 441.1035. STATE PUBLICATIONS DISTRIBUTED IN PHYSICAL FORMAT; NOTICE; ONLINE AVAILABILITY. (a) A state agency that distributes by subscription a state publication in a physical format, such as paper, tape, or disk, and without a fee or other cost to the subscriber shall make the publication accessible in an electronic format from the agency's Internet website. (b) When distributing a state publication in a physical format, a state agency that makes the publication accessible on its Internet website must inform each subscriber to the publication that the subscriber may, instead of receiving a physical copy, access the publication at the agency's Internet website. (c) If a subscriber prefers to access a publication at the state agency's Internet website and notifies the agency of that preference, the agency shall: (1) remove the subscriber from the distribution list for that publication; and (2) notify the subscriber electronically each time the publication becomes available at the agency's Internet website and provide an electronic link to the publication. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 423 was passed by the House on March 22, 2005, by a non-record vote. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 423 was passed by the Senate on April 28, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: _____________________ Date _____________________ Governor