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MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
H.Res. 504 cosponsors (NationalWrite your rep)
The following representatives have cosponsored H.Res. 504, a resolution introduced June 20, 2007 by Rep. Brian Baird to establish the 72 Hours Online rule:

(None at this time.)

NEWS MEDIA
The following have written favorable newspaper editorials or expressed opinion by other means in support of generally requiring that proposed legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.

Newspapers
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ORGANIZATIONS & PROMINENT INDIVIDUALS
The following organizations and prominent individuals have endorsed the following statement: “We support the 72 Hours Online rule to require generally that legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.”
(None listed at this time.)

NOTES
Endorsers of the 72 hours 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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Pennsylvania state legislator urges curfew to stop midnight votes

By Rafael DeGennaro, February 14, 2007 – 9:16pm.

Pennsylvania State Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Bethlehem) has an excellent op-ed piece in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call. While ReadtheBill.org focuses on what we know best, the U.S. Congress, the problem of unread bills is severe in many states. Anecdotally, Pennsylvania is one of the worst, with the infamous 2005 pay raise the source of much rebellion there.

Samuelson objects to the Pennsylvania state legislature’s habit of passing bills in the middle of the night when nobody could have possibly read them. He notes that the Declaration of Independence complained when the King of England did this:

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