Thursday, March 16, 2006

PA Senate Votes to be Online

There is a short note in today's Inky that put a big smile on my face. Regular readers will know that one of my pet peeves is that legislative votes are not easily available to the general public. That will soon change, at least for the senate:

The state Senate plans to begin posting transcripts of floor debates and vote tallies on its Web site, senators said this week. The transcripts, called Senate Journals, will be available at the Senate's Web site,, about a month after floor action. Senate Journals from prior years also will be posted.

I won't break out the bubbly until the debates and votes are actually online, but just the thought of the possibility puts a girlish spring in my step.

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