Witnesses told a Senate Committee Monday that Texas’ open records law should be tightened and clarified to reduce lawsuits.

Freedom of information advocates said the Legislature could improve on one of the best public information acts in the country, but should make sure to provide more information, not less.

One source of recent litigation is whether a public official must share e-mails sent from a private account talking about government business. The attorney general’s office said they must, but the city of Lubbock and a Bexar County commissioner are fighting that decision in court.

Contractors are also fighting to keep information about their government work private, representing more than a third of the lawsuits over the public information act in Texas.

Senators said they would consider new laws next year.

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