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Jan. 22, 2014 12:15 pm

Use this state gov app to give feedback on General Assembly legislation

On Madison Maryland, with the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly in full swing, people can read and comment on a number of bills being introduced.

The Maryland State House. Photo from Flickr user cometstarmoon under Creative Commons for Attribution.

Project Madison 2.0, a tool from the OpenGov Foundation, is an open-source platform that lets voters comment on draft legislation as its being introduced and debated in the legislature.

As Technical.ly Baltimore reported in July, Maryland was selected as the first testing ground for the second version of the tool. That second version remains under development. But today on Madison Maryland, with the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly in full swing, people can read and comment on a number of bills being introduced.

Among them, Sen. Bill Ferguson‘s bill calling for an establishment of a uniform statewide open data policy and a bill calling for reforming the state’s Public Information Act, the subject of scrutiny in recent months for being cumbersome and unhelpful in disseminating state information that people request.

Visit Madison Maryland here to view bills being considered.

Adding comments to proposed legislation requires signing up for a free user account, and the site is still in the public beta phase, which means bugs are likely to crop up.

Watch a video about Project Madison:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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