FRANKFORT, KY – January 12, 2005 – Keeping an eye on what’s happening in Kentucky state government just got easier, thanks to an enhanced online service now available through www.Kentucky.gov, the state’s official Web site. Kentucky.gov’s Bill Watch system lets citizens and businesses use the Internet to monitor legislation that matters to them – including health care, education, and taxation bills – without having to spend hours researching legislation with offline sources.
Bill Watch is an eDemocracy service offered in partnership by the Kentucky Legislature, the Legislative Research Commission and Kentucky.gov. This service connects citizens and businesses interactively with proposed legislation by allowing them to view and track legislation they have selected to watch as it makes its way through the 2005 Kentucky General Assembly. Bill Watch helps remove some the mystery of lawmaking by adding transparency to the process.
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 e-mail notification of changes in any bill’s status. Additionally, users can access the bill’s status, summary, amendments, history and full text without having to take any additional steps.
“I'm glad that Kentuckians now have access to a service that makes lawmaking more transparent and removes some of the mystery behind it," said Senate President David L. Williams. "Bill Watch is a useful tool that allows citizens to keep track of topics that matter most to them. This technology should be helpful to constituents and I encourage them to use it to the fullest potential."
“Kentucky.gov gives everyone -- from students and professionals to advocates and interested citizens -- ready access to up-to-the-minute information on legislation before the General Assembly. What's more, its features include e-mail updates making it possible to stay on top of the issues. We're thrilled to make this technology available to the people of Kentucky as well as those beyond our borders who are interested in our legislative activities,” said House Speaker Jody Richards.
To access Bill Watch, log on to www.kentucky.gov/billwatch/. This service is free and available to anyone with access to the Internet.
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 1,500 state and local agencies that serve more than 51 million people in the Unites States. Additional information is available at www.nicusa.com.