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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 24 July 2007 15:11
July 24, 2007 11:20 AM PDT
New Web site proposes creating congressional legislation online
Posted by Donnie Fowler

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate leadership, has opened the virtual doors of law writing to Internet citizens. This is a compelling idea as the Internet continues to find ways to democratize information and support the flattening of the political process in our country.

The senator writes in, the new project hosting this:
"Today I'm writing to invite you to participate in an experiment--an interactive approach to drafting legislation on one of the most significant public policy questions today: What should be America's national broadband strategy?"

One of the new Web site's leaders describes the idea of online legislation this way:
"Legislating is often known as a sausage factory, or a contest of interests done in private...a lot of the negative impressions of our lawmaking bodies comes from the secrecy of the process. With the Internet, we can put everyone and every lobbyist on a level playing field, and have a genuinely open contest of ideas."... More

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