The Legislative Research Commission (LRC) recently approved a proposal to provide Kentucky citizens with online access to chamber roll calls, beginning with the 2006 legislative session.
While Kentuckians have long had ready access to hard-copy roll calls through the House and Senate clerk's offices, the addition of online availability reflects a growing public desire for, and reliance on, Web-based sources of information.
"The addition of online public access to chamber roll call votes will offer citizens yet another valuable information resource through the LRC Web site."
- David L. Williams
- Jody Richards
The 16-member commission, made up of House and Senate leadership, directed LRC Director Robert Sherman to prepare a roll call access system for the LRC Web site (http://www.lrc.ky.gov), to be launched when this winter's session convenes Jan. 3, 2006.
The proposal was approved on a recommendation from Senate President David L. Williams, R-Burkesville, and House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green. Williams and Richards co-chair the LRC.
In a memo to the commission, Williams and Richards noted the LRC Web site is already recognized as a comprehensive source for information on the General Assembly, including a complete electronic version of the daily Legislative Record, the full text of bills, resolutions and amendments from 1997 to the present, and other tools and resources to help Kentuckians follow the work of their Legislature and understand the legislative process.
"The addition of online public access to chamber roll call votes will offer citizens yet another valuable information resource through the LRC Web site," Williams and Richards said in their memo.
LRC Director Sherman said development of a prototype system for final approval by the co-chairs would begin immediately, with a goal of "accuracy and simplicity."
"The citizens of Kentucky have made tremendous use of our Web site in recent years, in part because they've found it user-friendly and reliable," Sherman said. "The Legislature is better for the increased citizen involvement this has encouraged, and posting roll calls online should foster that welcome trend."
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