NC Legislative website gets a facelift and ’09 info

The North Carolina legislative website has had a facelift for the new year, and besides the remake of the index page, information is now available for the House and Senate members for the 2009 Regular Session. Our News Archive page now has a pulldown menu where you can go back and view news items and budget documents from 2005-2006, 2003-2004, and 2001-2002 sessions.

Our General Statutes website is still updated only through the 2007 long session, but we expect to rollout by the end of the week of January 4, 2009 an update incorporating enactments from 2008.

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4 Responses to NC Legislative website gets a facelift and ’09 info

  1. John A. Shaw says:

    Nice looking facelift.

    Do you know if and when archives of the audio from the session and 5th and 6th floor LOB committee meetings will be on the site? It would really be helpful to be able to listed to the session or a committee meeting later in the day or evening.

    Also, is there any hope of amendments being posted with the bill text (much in the same way fiscal notes are now posted)?

  2. gercohen says:

    John, to answer your questions:
    1) The General Assembly does not currently maintain archives of live audio. There is a third party website that did the floor sessions for 2008, it looks like they are planning to it for 2009.
    http://www.voterradio.com/legislature/index.html
    you might contact voter radio directly and see if they will do committee meetings also!
    https://ncbilldrafting.wordpress.com/2008/06/27/archived-audio-of-the-2008-legislative-session/

    2) On your request that we link to amendments, we hope to roll out this exact application, hopefully on opening day. The amendments might not show online until the day after they are offered. We will make an announcement when this is released. On the bill status page, the amendment # will show a hot link to a scanned in version of the amendment.

  3. Thunder Pig says:

    I will be trying to record the audio of the meetings that Voter Radio is not, and I will be archiving the video I record on a Social Network called Conservative Thunder.

    My current archives are in the NC General Assembly Watch page.

    The site is still under construction, but I hope to have it ready to go by January 28th, and will be adding live listening rooms so people can interact with one another while listening.

  4. John A. Shaw says:

    Gerry,
    Thanks for your response. It will be very useful to have the amendments available. I hope that the amendments will include both those that are failed to be adopted.
    If a committee reports a committee substitute, will that substitute be available before the vote in the House or Senate?

    I realize that it is often not possible to post an amendment before it is actually proposed, but it will also be helpful if, when possible, amendments that members intend to propose be available so that those of us who are listening to the audio from the chamber would understand what is being discussed on the floor. Of course, this would mean that the amendment would have to be drafted soon enough and that the member proposing the amendment would have to be willing to make it public. It would also be helpful if proposed committee substitutes would be made available before the committee meeting when possible (I know that often there is no time between the completion of the PCS and the committee meeting – but perhaps sometimes it might be possible).

    Another thing that would be very helpful would be the publication of the bill analysis, when available, on the website. This information is very helpful, but currently usually available to those sitting in the front of the audience and with quick enough reflexes to grab a copy.

    I am familiar with voter radio’s archives of the chamber audio. I hope they can also make it available for the committee rooms.

    John Shaw

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