American Library Association endorses 72 Online rule

The American Library Association endorsed the following statement March 15, 2006:

“We support the 72 Online rule to require generally that legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.”

Note: Endorsers of the 72 Online concept do not necessarily support or oppose any legislation, nor agree with the views of ReadtheBill.org or other endorsers on specific legislation or other matters.

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Emily Skeketoff, Executive Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, joins Representative Brian Baird (D-WA) and Rafael DeGennaro, Founder & President of ReadtheBill.org, at the Capitol on March 15, 2006. Full size version

What they say

“All Americans can agree that Congress and the public should have time to read legislation before it comes up for debate. If 72 Online had been the rule in November 2001, Congress would likely have developed a stronger, more balanced PATRIOT Act that drew broader public support.”

–Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office