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  S.B. No. 845
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the use of e-mail and website technology by the Texas
  Department of Licensing and Regulation.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.207, Occupations Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 51.207.  USE OF TECHNOLOGY.  (a)  The commission shall
  develop and implement a policy requiring the executive director and
  department employees to research and propose appropriate
  technological solutions to improve the department's ability to
  perform its functions. The technological solutions must:
               (1)  ensure that the public is able to easily find
  information about the department on the Internet;
               (2)  ensure that persons who want to use the
  department's services are able to:
                     (A)  interact with the department through the
  Internet; and
                     (B)  access any service that can be provided
  effectively through the Internet; and
               (3)  be cost-effective and developed through the
  department's planning processes.
         (b)  The department shall provide on its Internet website a
  link to an Internet website that allows the public to track
  legislation affecting the programs administered by the department,
  which may be a website that provides legislative information
  administered by the Texas Legislature.
         (c)  The department may satisfy any requirement under this
  chapter or another law governing a program subject to regulation by
  the department to provide notice by delivering the notice by e-mail
  to the recipient's last known e-mail address if the recipient has
  previously authorized the department to deliver the notice by
  e-mail. An e-mail address used under this subsection is
  confidential and is not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552,
  Government Code.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 845 passed the Senate on
  March 21, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 845 passed the House on
  May 17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 134, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor