Legislation that would allow a majority of members of a local agency to communicate with constituents as well as each other via Facebook or Twitter was passed out of the Assembly on a 57-13 vote.

AB 992 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) would allow the use of internet-based social media platforms, as defined, by a majority of the members of a legislative body, provided that a majority of the members do not discuss among themselves, business of a specific nature that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the legislative body of the local agency.

The bill would, however, allow:
(i) Individual communications made, posted, or shared by one or more members of a legislative body on an internet-based social media platform, provided that the communications do not respond directly to communications made, posted, or shared by any other member of the legislative body; and
(ii) Communications made through the use of digital icons that express reactions to information, ideas, or opinions by others.

The bill moves to the Senate where it will likely be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee in late March/early April.