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    SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 10: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom speaks at Twitter headquarters March 10, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Twitter, the new social networking service that allows users to send out and also read text message updates from others, is fast becoming very popular all over the world. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gavin Newsom

    A Texas lawmaker wants to ban emails, text messages and Internet posting by city and state leaders when they are doing the public's business.

    A bill by Rep. Todd Hunter of Corpus Christi would amend the Texas Open Meetings Act. The proposal says an official would be committing an offense if he or she transmits an electronic message during a public meeting.

    The Austin American-Statesman reports, for Thursday editions, that Hunter is considering how violators should be punished. Hunter also says the update is necessary for Texas to take the open meetings law into the digital age.

    The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Hunter became involved in the issue after a spat during a city council meeting involving two members texting each other.