Archive for January, 2010

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Thursday, January 14th, 2010

This evening we sent out our inaugural e-mail newsletter in what is destined to be an irregular series of occasional updates about the General Assembly and Richmond Sunlight. It’ll probably go out week or two during session, and maybe a couple of times during the rest of the year. (You don’t want to read it more often than that, and I don’t want to write it more often than that.) The audience for this is the folks on the edges: the hard-core legislature watchers who want to know about all of the latest features on Richmond Sunlight, and those of you who could use a reminder every year when the session starts. If that’s you—or if you like what you see with this first installment—then sign up to receive future installments!

Prefiled Bills are Flooding In

Friday, January 8th, 2010

We’re five days away from the beginning of the 2010 legislative session, and the bills are coming in quickly now. (Over 200 bills have been filed in the past three days alone—409 in total.) There are two great ways to see what’s being proposed, and each is good for totally different types of people.

If you find the whole business of the General Assembly overwhelming, you’ll want to browse proposed legislation by topic. That provides an at-a-glance view of what sorts of things that legislators are proposing doing. Clicking on any word in the listing will show you a listing of all of the bills on that topic. This is definitely the best approach for newcomers.

But if you’re dogged in your tracking of legislation—you want to see every single bill that comes in—try our day-by-day listing of incoming legislation. You can browse back as many days as you want, and follow the link to each bill to get details.

In a couple of weeks, when all of the bills are in, we’ll look at the tools that allow you sort through them all to see which bills are important, which bills people are really paying attention to, and which bills are going places. Right now, let’s all just try to keep our heads above water as the tide rises.