HB 855

84(R) - 2015
House Government Transparency & Operation
House Government Transparency & Operation
State Agencies

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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Scott Sanford


Scott Turner

Bill Caption

Relating to the compatibility of state agency websites with certain devices and Internet browsers.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.


The bill would require the Department of Information Resources (DIR) to identify the three most commonly used internet browsers and to post a list containing those browsers in a conspicuous location on DIR's website. DIR would be required to update the list at least biennially. Each state agency's website would be required to be compatible with the most recent version of each browser listed by DIR and with a wireless communication device. 

This analysis assumes that rules which would be established by DIR, in accordance with Section 2054.052 of the Government Code, regarding compatibility of agency websites with wireless communication devices would be written in such a way as to define "compatibility" as indicating the ability of an individual to view a state agency website on his or her device. It is assumed that costs to implement the bill could be absorbed within agencies' existing resources.

Bill Analysis

The fiscal note above provides a sufficient explanation of what this bill would do. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

5/21/2015 update:

The Senate sponsor of this bill is Senator Van Taylor. 


Transparency is a key facet of our liberty principles and this legislation would ensure that all state agencies are staying current with the ever evolving world of technology. More and more citizens are using technology to get their information, thus it is imperative that the government websites are compatible with current technology.

For this reason, we support HB 855 because it affirms our limited government principle and personal responsibility principle.