I bet they saved a bunch on the paper mache card readers too! The only remaining question is which congressman got the kickbacks from the security contractor?
Or these are actually just RFID cards, and they printed the fake contacts so people would stop asking why there were no contacts. Most places use RFID only for access. The contacts would only be used for verification when logging on to a computer. If they don't use that feature (though they should) then having the contacts/chip would be pointless.
A person is considered a public official for purposes of a defense to a libel claim only if the person is known as a public official in the community in which the damage to the person was proximately caused.
IANAL, but would the libel claim then have to be filed in the 'community in which the damage to the person was proximately caused'? Good luck going to the internet to file this. Any place outside of Texas the defendant would be protected by relatively sane libel laws (i.e. not this proposed law). This doesn't leave many places where they could file such a claim and hope to prevail.
There would be specifications, tolerances, or functional tests that the OEM sensors/parts must satisfy. If a non-OEM part met the same requirements as the OEM part, the OEM would have difficulty proving that the part was not fit for use.
So Mr. Talbot has now achieved notoriety for being caught doing something while sober, the only explanation for which would be to have been drunk, to try and cover up being caught doing something while drunk that should only be done while sober.
Some electric stoves, when on, will cause the stove top to heat up hot enough to start a fire. The only possible reason I can think of why they left it on is they wanted to start a fire there (or possibly to show off their burning level of incompetence). A little bit surprised they weren't charged with attempted arson.