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Roll Call: Baird Seeks More Bill Transparency (6/26/07)

A resolution introduced last week by Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) would amend House rules to require that legislation and conference reports be made available online 72 hours before being considered by the chamber.

Despite the obstacles, Democratic leaders should approve Baird’s legislation, said Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation…adding that putting legislation and conference reports online for a few days is “kind of a no-brainer.”

Smart Money: 10 Things Your Congressman Won’t Tell You (11/06)

In a perfect world, our legislators would vote on each bill based on thorough, firsthand analysis. But that’s not how it works in Washington.

Columbian (Vancouver, WA): "72 Hours Needed" (1/10/07)

“Because members of Congress spend billions of dollars and affect the lives of millions of Americans, they should have at least 72 hours to read bills, and the bills should be posted online for all the public to see.”

The Olympian (Olympia, WA): Endorses Baird, cites his 72 hours reform (10/15/06, editorial)

In its main editorial endorsing Rep. Baird for re-election, the Olympian mentioned his 72 hours online inititiative as one of a half-dozen of his activities that seemed most important to the newspaper.

CNN Situation Room features ReadtheBill.org (3/1/06)

CNN’s Situation Room’s Jacki Schechner featured ReadtheBill.org and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) in a nice short piece. Here’s a link to play it on Baird’s website (media player needed).

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"Think Your Lawmakers Don’t Read Bills? Do It Yourself" (Washington Post) (3/1/06)

Washington Post spotlights ReadtheBill.org on the Federal Page.

(Note: ReadtheBill.org’s DeGennaro blogs in agreement with Mann’s comment in the article.)

ReadtheBill.org makes top 10 public "Honesty List" (2/17/06)

This blog commends ReadtheBill.org for taking action to fix the problem described by Rep. John Conyers in the film “Farenheit 9/11”

Investor’s Business Daily: "Make spending bills public 72 hours before" (2/3/06)

Among needed steps is “a firm policy of …making spending bills public 72 hours before final votes.”

Roll Call (Capitol Hill): 72 online reform at "top of list" (1/18/06)

The day after ReadtheBill.org was launched publicly, Roll Call newspaper editorialized: “Except in real emergencies, bills should be open for inspection – online as well as on paper – at least 72 hours before they are voted on.”

David Brooks on ABC News: 72 hours online "best reform they could do"

“To me the best reform they could do is have 72 hours between when a bill is printed and when they vote on it so everybody can look at it.”

David Brooks, as guest on ABC NEWS “This Week”
January 8, 2006