Category Archives: General Government

States address grid security through open government laws

Many state legislatures and the U.S. Congress in recent years have amended open government laws in an effort to protect critical energy infrastructure from cybersecurity threats and man-made physical threats, such as vandalism, theft, or attack. Open government or “sunshine” … Continue reading

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Lawmakers may consider electric grid security in Texas

The electric grid in Texas, which produces and consumes more electricity than any other state, is one of three largely independent grid interconnections that make up the power system in the contiguous United States. The Texas Interconnection, also known as … Continue reading

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Legislature to consider requests for increased spending on cybersecurity

In writing the state budget for fiscal 2020-21, the 86th Legislature will consider proposals to increase spending on cybersecurity. Appropriations for cybersecurity are not contained in a single line item but spread across state agencies and included in various strategies, projects, … Continue reading

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Texas reviews how court rulings affect public information law

Lawmakers continue to review the effects of a 2015 Texas Supreme Court ruling that allows certain government contracting information to be withheld from public disclosure. Boeing v. Paxton addressed a provision of the Texas Public Information Act (PIA) that allows information to be withheld if it would … Continue reading

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Attorney general opinion addresses definition of electronic voting machine

A Texas attorney general opinion issued in October says a voting machine producing marked paper ballots as an added security measure qualifies as a direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machine under Texas law as long as it meets additional statutory requirements.

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