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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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Open government advocates endorse 72 Online rule

The following organizations have endorsed the following statement:
“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.

Selected endorsing organizations include:
OMB Watch
American Library Association

National, regional and local organizations and businesses are invited to endorse the 72 Online rule.
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NYT editorial: Laws passed in dead of night strike at heart of democracy

By Rafael DeGennaro, February 19, 2007 – 2:47pm.

The New York Times has an excellent editorial Feb. 19. It criticizes Congress and the President for a provision inserted into the defense bill in 2006 that makes martial law easier. Drawing the larger lesson, the editorial says, “A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night.”

This is part of a pattern of the defense authorization bill receiving little scrutiny.

New York Times
Making Martial Law Easier (editorial)
Feb. 19, 2007

A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night. So it was with a provision quietly tucked into the enormous defense budget bill at the Bush administration’s behest that makes it easier for a president to override local control of law enforcement and declare martial law.

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Changes of this magnitude should be made only after a thorough public airing. But these new presidential powers were slipped into the law without hearings or public debate. The president made no mention of the changes when he signed the measure, and neither the White House nor Congress consulted in advance with the nation’s governors.

H.R. 5254 — Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act

Summary:
NO PROCEDURAL OBJECTION. This bill has been available online for weeks and does not violate the 72 Online rule as it did when first considered and defeated in mid-May.

H.R. 5521 – Legislative Branch Appropriations for FY2007

Summary:
NO PROCEDURAL OBJECTION. The bill is scheduled for debate and a vote on Wed., June 7. If so, it will have been available online for 72 hours, so Readthebill.org would have no procedural objection to this bill.

Common Cause endorses 72 Online concept

The non-partisan Common Cause endorsed the 72 Online concept.

Common Cause endorsed following standard statement:
“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.

“Complicated bills need time to read and digest. The 72-hour rule makes sense. Requiring the bills to be posted on the Internet for public view gives all of us a chance to be involved in our own government and strikes a blow for democracy.”

— Chellie Pingree, President, Common Cause

Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Good government advocates endorse 72 Online rule concept

The following organizations have endorsed the following statement:
“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.

Selected endorsing organizations include:
Project on Government Oversight

National, regional and local organizations and businesses are invited to endorse the 72 Online rule.
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State and local government

State and local government leaders and staff have policy expertise as well as first-hand knowledge of how federal policies are implemented at the state and local level. They are vital participants in the legislative process in Washington, D.C.

Organizations invited to endorse 72 Online rule
State and local government entities, associations and leaders are invited to endorse the 72 Online rule. This is a growing list of organizations and prominent individuals that endorse the CONCEPT of posting legislation and conference reports online for 72 hours before floor consideration. For endorsement details and FAQ, go here.