January 11, 2005
Kentucky's capital city, Frankfort, is busy these days as legislators gather for the 2005 Kentucky General Assembly. In the past, it's often been difficult to keep up with the many bills that are being filed, changed, passed or not passed. Now, a newly revised Web site is helping visitors to the state's Web site, kentucky.gov, get the lastest information for free.
Bill Watch is an online service available at www.kentucky.gov/billwatch/. This free service connects citizens and businesses interactively with proposed legislation by allowing them to create customized profiles to view and track legislation as it makes its way through the General Assembly. Bill Watch was upgraded for this session to provide citizens with more features, such as unlimited bill tracking and monitoring.
“Connecting citizens to the legislative process is extremely important,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “This service is an important eDemocracy initiative that we believe Kentuckians will find useful, especially those who are interested in charting progress on particular topics or legislation. I want Kentuckians to feel connected to their government and I encourage citizens to utilize this service.”
Visitors look on at the Kentucky legislature in session.
Those accessing Bill Watch can create a custom profile that organizes bills they have selected to track and monitor based on keywords, sponsors, committees, subjects or bill numbers. Citizens and businesses can track an unlimited number of bills and receive email notification of changes in a bill’s status. Additionally, users can access the bill’s status, summary, amendments, history and full text without having to take any additional steps.
Mike Inman, commissioner of technology for the commonwealth, said an important part of his agency’s mission is “to help state agencies in provide better access to government services and information through the use of technology. Enhancing the features of Bill Watch and making this service available to the citizens of the commonwealth via the Web is just another way to accomplish this mission. We’re really pleased to support the deployment of this valuable tool,” said Inman. “I can think of no better way to promote democracy and an understanding of the workings of government than to enable broader access to the legislative process through Bill Watch.”
Bill Watch is the result of a partnership between the Kentucky Legislature, the Legislative Research Commission and Kentucky.gov, the state’s official Web site.
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Kentucky.gov is the official Web site of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (www.kentucky.gov). It is a collaborative effort between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Kentucky Interactive, LLC., a company that helps Kentucky government entities Web-enable their information services. Kentucky.gov was built and is marketed, operated and maintained by Kentucky Interactive, LLC. a Frankfort-based subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq:EGOV).