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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.)

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 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.”

Columbian (Vancouver, WA): "It’s Billions, Take Time" (3/23/06)

“It will be interesting to see who will step forward in Congress to oppose Baird’s resolution, and specify why. We cannot fathom what their reasons might be.”

The Chronicle (Centralia, WA): Baird "Has logic … on his side" (3/18/06)

The Chronicle leans conservative. Its editorial from March 18, 2006 says that Baird “has logic and the need for transparency in government on his side in pushing for disclosure of legislation to members of Congress and the public on the Internet at least 72 hours before a vote.”

"Groups join Baird’s effort to post bills online" (Daily News; Longview, WA) (3/16/06)

“ReadtheBill.org founder Rafael DeGennaro said he hoped 1,000 organizations of all kinds will endorse the proposal by July 4.”

The Olympian (Olympia, WA): H.Res. 688 a "terrrific idea" (3/7/06)

House Resolution 688 is “a terrific idea that Congress should adopt as part of a comprehensive package to regain the public’s trust in the wake of corruption allegations.”

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.”

Wall Street Journal: Insist on 3 days to read the bills (1/19/06)

This editorial does not speak to or endorse the 72 Online rule. But it argues that allowing time to read legislation might reduce the size and cost of government.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Kindergarten kids have more clue than Congress (1/4/06)

Written before ReadtheBill.org was launched, this editorial describes the problem.

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