Frankfort, KY: The 2005 Kentucky General Assembly is now underway and Governor Ernie Fletcher is encouraging Kentuckians to utilize a free eDemocracy service called Bill Watch to assist them with tracking legislation that matters most to them.
Bill Watch is an online service available at http://kentucky.gov/services/billwatch/. This free service connects citizens and businesses interactively with proposed legislation by allowing them to create customized profiles to view and track legislation as it makes its way through the General Assembly. Bill Watch was upgraded for this session to provide citizens with more features, such as unlimited bill tracking and monitoring.
“Connecting citizens to the legislative process is extremely important,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “This service is an important eDemocracy initiative that Kentuckians will certainly find useful, especially those who are interested in charting progress on particular topics or legislation. I want Kentuckians to feel connected to their government and I encourage citizens to utilize this service.”
Those accessing Bill Watch can create a custom profile that organizes bills they have selected to track and monitor based on keywords, sponsors, committees, subjects or bill numbers. Citizens and businesses can track an unlimited number of bills and receive email notification of changes in a bill’s status. Additionally, users can access the bill’s status, summary, amendments, history and full text without having to take any additional steps.
Michael Inman, Commissioner of Technology for the Commonwealth, said an important part of his agency’s mission is “to help state agencies in providing better access to government services and information through the use of technology. Enhancing the features of Bill Watch and making this service available to the citizens of the Commonwealth via the Web is just another way to accomplish this mission. We’re really pleased to support the deployment of this valuable tool,” said Inman. “I can think of no better way to promote democracy and an understanding of the workings of government than to enable broader access to the legislative process through Bill Watch.”
Bill Watch is the result of a partnership between the Kentucky Legislature, the Legislative Research Commission and Kentucky.gov, the state’s official website.
Kentucky.gov is the official web site of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (www.kentucky.gov). It is a collaborative effort between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Kentucky Interactive, LLC., a company that helps Kentucky government entities web-enable their information services. Kentucky.gov was built and is marketed, operated, and maintained by Kentucky Interactive, LLC. a Frankfort-based subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq:EGOV).
NIC manages more eGovernment services than any provider in the world. The company helps government communicate more effectively with citizens and businesses by putting essential services online. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for 1,400 state and local agencies that serve more than 71 million people in the Unites States. Additional information is available at www.nicusa.com.