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Recent Steps Toward Improved Access to Federal Legislation

Information TodayBarbie E. Keiser – “During recent virtual meetings, representatives of several government entities showed how they had used the time during the pandemic to increase the public’s access to legislative information. The real takeaway from each online meeting is the degree to which these entities collaborate on projects. The Library of Congress (LC), the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, and the Office of the Secretary of the Senate are working to give the public access to legislation and support material more quickly than in the past, along with more options for searching. The Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives responded to the pandemic by enabling the electronic submission of legislative documents (i.e., bills, resolutions, and committee reports). When the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, announced that representatives could vote remotely by proxy, the Office of the Clerk devised a means for them to file letters to designate, change, and revoke the authority for remote proxy voting. These letters are available for viewing at…”

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