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LePage administration adopts no-texting policy

AUGUSTA (AP) -- Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration has adopted a new policy to ensure that officials aren't using text or instant messages to conduct state business.

Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Director Beth Ashcroft told the Government and Oversight Committee Friday that the policy change mandates that all state business done electronically must be sent through the state's email system.

Concerns about officials using texts were raised after a former Maine Centers for Disease Control employee told the committee earlier this month that she was told to use her Blackberry phone to send text messages for state business to skirt open records requests.

Other CDC officials, however, told the committee they've never been told to do so.

LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said the policy change has been implemented.