"LegBook"..a combination of Facebook Skype providing any citizen with access to a plain english text of any bill before a legislative body
A proposal that would require all bills before a legisative body to be accessible instantly on line by subject in plain english toegther with information on any scheduled hearings. LegBook would also enable remote participation in public hearings, including the giving of testimony via Skype or equivalent.
LegBook would be especially valuable in enabling people in rural and remote areas, small business owners and people in blue collar jobs to monitor legislation in areas that most affect their lives and to comment on that in a timely fashion.
LegBook would also facilitate oversight and evaluation by citizen wathchdog groups who are attempting to maintain transparency in the legsilative process.
Closing Statement from Lindsay Newland Bowker
I hope that the Ted community interested in modernising democracy will return to a consideration of this idea which is all about using the internet to achieve and maintain transparency.
We create and maintain our own disenfranchisement when we don't work to uitlize the tools available to us to create and mainatin transparency.
Th plutonomy has usurped our government..we consent to that by not paying attention..by not working to undo the laws that serve the plutonomy at our expense.
I offered this conversation when I was very new hear at Ted. perhaps if I were introducing it now I would doa better job of posing it and moderating it so I take responsibiity for the fcat that this idea did not really get visited.
It is still up at my blog and we can continue the discussion there. (www.lindsaynewlandbowker.posterous.com)