TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE

Last Updated 19 July 2012


Welcome to the House Government Efficiency and Reform Committee's Texas Red Tape Challenge project website. The goal of the Red Tape Challenge is to constructively engage stakeholders and interested citizens towards identifying recommendations for the Committee's consideration for inclusion in its interim report to the 83rd Legislature.

These terms of use (“terms”) govern your participation in and use of the House Government Efficiency and Reform Committee’s (“committee’s”) Red Tape Challenge project (“project”), so please read them carefully before participating in the project or reviewing project content.

By participating in or reviewing the contents of the project, you agree to be bound by these terms. If you are participating in or reviewing the contents of the project on behalf of an organization, you are agreeing to these terms for that organization and promising that you have the authority to bind that organization to these terms. In that case, “you” and “your” will refer to that organization.

The project may change over time. The committee may stop, suspend, or modify the project at any time. Your participation in the project may be suspended or terminated at any time without prior notice to you.

Code of Conduct

Participants must follow the following code of conduct:

Participate in Good Faith. The project is designed to identify policy recommendations, potentially including specific changes to state law, for the committee’s consideration. You are asked to engage in a good faith effort towards that objective. Information provided should be factual and accurate. You may provide hyperlinks to direct others to credible information. Further, you are asked to assume that other participants in the project are trying to support the project and the committee, not frustrate them. Comments that are spam, clearly nongermane to the immediate discussion, related to a political campaign, or that promote services or products will be removed by the committee.

Civility. You will participate in the project with decorum and courtesy. When using the project website, you will not behave or communicate in a rude, vulgar, abusive, or petty manner. The committee will not tolerate personal attacks or accusations of any kind. You will refrain from unwanted communication with other participants outside the context of the project. You will refrain from engaging in any conduct that could damage or destroy the property of another, including introducing malware or computer viruses into the project’s website.

Personal Identification. You must register under your real name when registering for the project. You shall use your real name and be honest about your professional relationships when participating in the project. You may not register multiple accounts with the project. You may not breach or otherwise circumvent any project security or authentication measures. By registering your e-mail address with the project, you affirmatively consent to the release of that e-mail address.

Commercial Solicitation.The project is not to be used for commercial purposes. You may not use the project to advertise or perform any commercial solicitation.

Political Campaigning.The project is not to be used for political campaign purposes. You may not use the project to campaign for or against any person or measure slated to appear in an upcoming electoral ballot.

Constructive Participation.This project will work best if the content you provide is based on expertise or personal experience. You should have a working understanding of relevant statutes, rules, agencies, history, and effects of policies you discuss. The project is not an opinion blog or poll.

Project Content Is Moderated. The committee has delegated the duties of moderating the project to staff members on the project team. You understand and agree that inappropriate content may be removed with or without notice to you and your failure to comply with any of the terms of service or a moderator request may result in the moderator terminating your participation in the project. While the project moderator will endeavor to identify and remove content that does not comply with these terms, you should report abusive conduct by clicking on the link labeled “Report Abuse”. You give the moderator the right review, edit, or delete any content that the moderator in the moderator’s sole discretion considers illegal, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate.

No Endorsement; No Guarantee of Reliability

Content provided by a project participant is attributable to the participant alone and does not reflect the views of the committee, the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Legislature, or the State of Texas or its officers or employees. The manner by which project content is structured and presented does not reflect the opinions of or constitute an endorsement by the committee. The content available in this project is provided “as is”, and the committee does not guarantee or warrant that any content available through the project is accurate or complete, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in project content. The committee does not guarantee or warrant, and assumes no liability for, anything posted on this website by any participant.

Submitted Content

When you submit remarks, ideas, graphics, photographs, or other similar content to the project (a “submission”), that submission will be considered correspondence with the committee in the same manner as written testimony provided to a committee of the Texas legislature for purposes of a hearing. After the completion of the project, your submission and other project content will be transferred to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for archival review and disposition.

To facilitate the project, you give IdeaScale a non-exclusive, free, worldwide license for the duration of the applicable author's rights, to publish your submission. In addition to the right to publish, IdeaScale is also granted under said license the following rights, without limitation: (i) the right to reproduce; (ii) the right to transfer, which includes the distribution via computer and networks; (iii) the right to edit, modify, adapt, arrange, improve, correct, translate, in all or in part; (iv) the right to update/upgrade by adding or removing; and (v) the right to film, perform or post the submission in any media. Except as described in the IdeaScale Privacy Policy, IdeaScale will not be required to treat any submissions as confidential. Your submission, including any personally identifiable information, is voluntary and subject to the IdeaScale Privacy Policy.

You are responsible for the content of the submission and agree to defend (at the State of Texas’s or IdeaScale's option and at your sole expense), indemnify and hold the State of Texas and IdeaScale harmless from any damages, losses, costs, or expenses, including attorneys' fees, that the State of Texas or IdeaScale may incur as a result of your submission.

Sovereign Immunity

These terms do not waive the state's sovereign immunity. These terms do not waive any privilege, right, defense, remedy, or immunity available to the State of Texas or its officers, employees, or contractors. The failure to enforce, or any delay in the enforcement of, a privilege, right, defense, remedy, or immunity available to the State of Texas or its officers, employees, or contractors under these terms or under applicable law does not waive that privilege, right, defense, remedy, or immunity.

Liability

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL THE COMMITTEE, THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE, THE STATE OF TEXAS, OR ITS OFFICERS OR EMPLOYEES, OR CONTRACTORS BE LIABLE FOR: ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE PROJECT, REGARDLESS OF LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN WARNED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, AND EVEN IF A REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OR; AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO THE PROJECT OF MORE THAN $20.

Miscellaneous

The rights and obligations provided under these terms must be construed and applied under Texas law or United States federal law as that law applies in Texas. A state court in Travis County, Texas, is the proper place of venue for suit regarding the project.

Chapter 2260, Texas Government Code, applies to any dispute arising under these terms. Use of the dispute resolution process provided by that chapter is required by law.

These terms create no third party beneficiary rights.

If a provision of these terms is determined to be invalid, void, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions of these terms remain in full force and effect and are not affected, impaired, or invalidated.

These terms constitute the entire and exclusive agreement between you and the committee with respect to the project.

The House Government Efficiency & Reform Committee wants the Texas Red Tape Challenge to be accessible to all. If you are having trouble viewing this site, please contact the project administrator at 512.463.0528.

These terms may be modified at any time. Any changes will be made available on this page as soon as practicable.