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Relating to cybersecurity of voter registration lists and other election-related documents, systems, and technology.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 1421 would require the Secretary of State to adopt practices for identifying and reducing risk to electronic data and security of election systems, as well as offer training on best practices to appropriate personnel. If the Secretary of State becomes aware of a cybersecurity breach, the office would notify members of the standing committees of each house of the legislature with jurisdiction over elections immediately. Also, if a county election officer has available state funds to request training on cybersecurity from the Secretary of State, the county election officer must request that training and an assessment of the county's election system. County election officers must comply to the fullest extent possible with the rules adopted by the Secretary of State.
Texas Action supports HB 1421 because it promotes limited government. This bill concerns election integrity, a legitimate state interest and a proper role of government.