Any public body that, pursuant to any law –
||accepts the filing of documents, or requires that documents be created or retained;
||issues any permit, licence or approval; or
||provides for a manner of payment, may, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in such law –
||accept the filing of such documents, or the creation or retention of such documents in the form of data messages;
||issue such permit, licence or approval in the form of a data message; or
||make or receive payment in electronic form or by electronic means.