There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that has been on my mind during this break. How can the legislature provide more transparency to our work in the legislature?
When I was first elected 9 years ago I remember someone asking me if I had a web site. Fortunately I did, but at the time I was naïve enough to think that was cutting edge transparency. Technology is constantly changing and I hope that state government will learn to keep up with these changes. However, I realize that most real change in transparency and access will come from those in the general public. Those demands for increased access seem to always facilitate the greatest improvement.
I know that the ALISON bill tracking system exists, but it is sorely lacking in many ways. Also, Sen. Del Marsh has been quite proactive in providing a streaming video available to the public while we are in session. Streaming audio is now also available which is unheard of eight years ago. My big question is what else should be done to improve on the current system?
This is not a loaded question looking to play gotcha politics with any one group. I realize my limits in technology and was hoping to hear from some of you in regards to your thoughts. While it might be too late in start something new this session, I would like to see what kind of changes we could work on after the legislature adjourns in June. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and ideas.