New service adds to General Assembly's online resources
Improvements to the Kentucky Legislature Home Page will make it easier than ever for citizens across the state to follow legislative action during the General Assembly’s 2006 session.
"We want it to be as simple as possible for people to get an accurate view of the issues under consideration at the Capitol and know how their lawmakers are voting on those issues."
- Bobby Sherman
For the first time, Kentuckians will be able to go to the official online informational site of the Kentucky General Assembly to see how each state lawmaker votes on bills under consideration in the state Senate and House of Representatives. While hard copies of roll calls have long been available through the Senate and House clerks’ offices, the addition of these records to the General Assembly’s official online reports gives Kentuckians a fast and accurate way to track votes cast by lawmakers each day throughout the legislative session.
"We want it to be as simple as possible for people to get an accurate view of the issues under consideration at the Capitol and know how their lawmakers are voting on those issues," said Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman. "The General Assembly depends on input from citizens, and boosting our online resources is one way we can continue bringing the citizens of this state in closer contact with their lawmakers."
The Web address of the Kentucky Legislature Home Page, which has been nationally acclaimed as an informational resource for citizens, is www.lrc.ky.gov. The site is maintained by the Legislative Research Commission, which delivers non-partisan information to citizens without taking a position on the issues.
In addition to online roll calls, the Web site will continue to offer much-used resources, such as the complete texts of bills and amendments, as well as the electronic version of the daily Legislative Record. The Record is updated each night to give a current status report on bills under consideration.
Visitors to the Web site may also learn what time legislative meetings and chamber proceedings start each day by viewing the online Legislative Calendar.
Web surfers will also find information on all of Kentucky’s state senators and representatives, including their phone numbers, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses and legislative committee assignments.
Once again, Kentuckians will be able to see chamber proceedings and some committee meetings in real time through Kentucky Educational Television's (KET) online streaming of legislative coverage. A link to KET's online coverage of the Legislature may be found by clicking "Public Services" on the Kentucky Legislature Home Page, or by visiting: www.ket.org/legislature/.
The legislature's Web page also includes the General Assembly's toll-free phone numbers, visitor information and pages designed to teach children about the legislative branch.
For the third consecutive session, Bill Watch -- a free online service that makes it easy for citizens to follow the progress of bills -- will be available. To use the bill tracking service, simply go to the "Legislation and Legislative Record" section of the Kentucky Legislature Home Page and click on the "Bill Watch" link or log in at www.Kentucky.gov/billwatch to create a custom profile and start receiving information about proposed legislation of interest.
Users of Bill Watch will be able to track legislation based on keywords, sponsors, committees, subjects or bill numbers. They may also receive e-mail notifications each time the status of a bill they are interested in changes.
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