H.C.R. No. 96
         WHEREAS, As in previous sessions, bills have been introduced
  in both chambers of the 84th Texas Legislature to modify current
  statutes prescribing how legally required notices are posted and
  advertised to the general public; and
         WHEREAS, Abundant testimony against these measures in past
  public hearings has cited statistics that public notice placed on
  the Internet would not reach a large number of Texans, demonstrated
  problems with archiving Internet notices, raised questions about
  removing oversight and reducing transparency, and questioned the
  cost-effectiveness of posting notices on the Internet or through
  social media; there has also been testimony that publishing public
  notice on the Internet or through social media would be efficient
  and cost-effective and would increase audience reach and
  transparency; and
         WHEREAS, It is incumbent on the State of Texas to ensure that
  public notification about vital information be efficient and
  effective, and the issue of posting and advertising public notices
  on the Internet merits further examination; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby request the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house
  of representatives to create a joint interim committee to study the
  issue of advertising public notices; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the committee's proceedings and operations be
  governed by such general rules and policies for joint interim
  committees as the 84th Legislature may adopt.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 96 was adopted by the House on May
  19, 2015, by the following vote: Yeas 145, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 96 was adopted by the Senate on May
  27, 2015, by the following vote: Yeas 30, N
  ays 1.
  Secretary of the Senate   
  RECEIVED: __________________
           Secretary of State