Found this little gem while having mod points on Slashdot. Definitely worthy of discussion here and if other States follow. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, via Slashdot This will definitely prevent the Anthony Weiners, John Edwards, and Mark Sanfords of the world from using government/taxpayer devices for personal use, plus allow for transparency. However on the other side of the coin, They ruled on this based on the person in the capacity of the office, not the actual office itself. In other words, this now comes to harm any communication, whether on a public or taxpayer phone, or private phone that the elected official has. In short, I see this as a victory for the people, but I can see where this flirts with privacy laws, because that could mean that a private conversation with family, even on a private, non-taxpayer funded phone, is public record. That does bring up the issue with privacy. BL.