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Monday, March 06, 2006

We didn't pay her to write this

A letter to the editor in this weekend's Tribune:
As someone who has closely followed the past legislative session, I would like to thank whoever is responsible for the Utah Legislature's Web site, recognized as the best in the nation.

It is not necessary to leave the comfort of your home or office to listen to committee debates, or to watch the discussion and voting on the floor of the House or Senate. You can communicate with your legislators via e-mail - directly to their desks. You can easily track the progress of bills you are interested in, as well as receive e-mail alerts any time a change occurs in a bill.

This is an amazing service to the public and one that allows us to easily become involved in the process and to be informed citizens.

Pauline Fontaine
Salt Lake City
Thank you, Ms. Fontaine, for the compliment and encouragement. Kudos to Shelley Day, Mark Allred, Brooke Anderson, Glen Johnson, Cassandra Bauman, Joe Wade, and the other team members who have worked so hard to make the legislative site run like it does. Keep up the good work.

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Blogger The Senate Site said...

The web crew also got a mention in The Thumb:

Thumb Up - Best of the Web: Say what you want about the Utah Legislature - and we've said a lot - its manifestation on the Internet never ceases to amaze. With constantly updated text and status of bills, sorted by sponsor, subject and number, live and recorded audio feeds of committee hearings and floor debates and real-time tie-ins to floor calendars and roll calls, anyone with a decent Web connection can keep up with this part of the public's business just by going to http://le.utah.gov/. Now, if we could just get a link to the Republican caucuses.

3/06/2006 5:00 PM  
Blogger ~plaid said...

I agree! The legislature site has been a wonderful tool for me. One thing I would like to see is having the blackberries put to use so that constituents can instant message their legislators during meetings and floor time relating to the live discussion. I've heard many times "is there anyone from the public who would like to stand in support or opposition to this bill". I think if the blackberries were set up, I could type in my instant message in response. I am participating, even if I'm at home tending to matters here.

3/07/2006 9:01 AM  

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