Texas law prohibits any person from selling or disclosing an email address that was provided for the purpose of communicating with government unless you affirmatively consent to its sale or disclosure. See the text of Gov. Code Sec. 552.137, which is presented below.
In addition, if you are a citizen of Texas using this site to communicate to a member of the legislature, the content of your communication is also protected by law from public disclosure, with certain exceptions such as your expressly authorizing its disclosure. See the text of Gov. Code Sec. 306.004, presented below.
Be aware, however, that the content of any other e-mail communication, such as an email to the Web Administrator of this site or any another employee of state government, may be subject to public disclosure under the provisions of the Texas public information law (Text of Gov. Code Chapter 552).
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Text of section as added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 356, § 1
(a) An e-mail address of a member of the public that is provided for the purpose of communicating electronically with a governmental body is confidential and not subject to disclosure under this chapter.
(b) Confidential information described by this section that relates to a member of the public may be disclosed if the member of the public affirmatively consents to its release.
(a) To ensure the right of the citizens of this state to petition state government, as guaranteed by Article I, Section 27, of the Texas Constitution, by protecting the confidentiality of communications of citizens with a member of the legislature or the lieutenant governor, the public disclosure of all or part of a written or otherwise recorded communication from a citizen of this state received by a member or the lieutenant governor in his official capacity is prohibited unless:
(b) This section does not apply to a communication to a member of the legislature or the lieutenant governor from a public official or public employee acting in an official capacity.
(c) A member or the lieutenant governor may elect to disclose all or part of a communication to which this section applies, and that disclosure does not violate the law of this state.
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