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Washington Times: "Sunlight reforms for Congress" (1/8/07)

“The solution is simple: All bills …, with their sponsors identified, should be posted online at least 72 hours before the vote. Then all members, and the press and interested citizens, could read the bill and know who sponsored it before it’s too late.”

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”

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

David Brooks in NYT: Post all legislation online for 72 hours (1/5/06)

Brooks: “Instead, all legislation should be posted online for 72 hours before the vote, so the staff and bloggers can nitpick and expose.”

Radley Balko on FoxNews.com: Enthusiasm to pass laws threatens business and liberties (12/4/04)

This good piece from 2004 is worth a read. Balko praises the Washington Post op-ed by Rep. Brian Baird on this subject.

Josh Marshall on TPM: 3 days online may be good reform issue for Dems (11/28/04)

Marshall’s post from late 2004 is undecided. But he points out that this issue raises the question of whether Democrats can “start acting like a true opposition party.”

Julian Sanchez in ReasonOnline: Legislative cooling off period (11/23/04)

This great piece from a libertarian perspective connects Hayek’s “Iron Law of Oligarchy” with the need for a legislative cooling off period. It’s definitely worth reading the whole thing.