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Jun 11, 2013

Sen. Marc A. Cote


STATE HOUSE – Sen. Marc A. Cote is encouraging those interested in legislative issues to take advantage a new bill tracking system that allows people to set up email alerts on the progress of particular legislation pending before the General Assembly.

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Cote lauds new online bill tracking system

Woonsocket senator has called for service since 2004

 

STATE HOUSE – Sen. Marc A. Cote is encouraging those interested in legislative issues to take advantage a new bill tracking system that allows people to set up email alerts on the progress of particular legislation pending before the General Assembly.

Senator Cote had been calling for an online bill tracking system as long ago as 2004, when he introduced a resolution (2004-S 2301aa) that was passed by the Senate asking that the Assembly’s information technology staff develop a way for the public to track particular bills’ progress online.

“Legislators will appreciate the added convenience of better managing their legislative agendas, and the general public will have a user-friendly system to enable them to better participate in the process by receiving timely notices of committee meetings where they may choose to testify in support or opposition to a specific bill,” said Senator Cote in 2004 about the resolution. “That’s what open government is all about.”

Senator Cote (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield) introduced similar legislation in 2006 and 2007 as well.

The recently launched bill tracking system is available at www.rilin.state.ri.us/billtracker, or by clicking on “Bill Tracking” at the bottom of the on the General Assembly’s home page, www.rilin.state.ri.us.

Using the new tool, one can search for bills by committee, category, sponsor, range of bill numbers or individual bill numbers. Users will receive email updates regarding the change in status of these bills hourly, daily, or weekly, depending upon their preferred settings. The registration process simply requires an email address and a password. Once registered, members of the public can track up to 50 bills.

“This is a very useful tool for anyone interested in keeping tabs on one or many bills. While the information has always been available online, up to now, tracking a bill meant checking its status frequently and hoping you haven’t missed anything since you last checked. Now, citizens can just plug in the bills they’d like to watch, and the information will be emailed directly to them,” said Senator Cote, who has been using the system to track his bills since the system launched in mid-May. “Having the information available is good, but making it easier for people to get what they need and delivering it in a way that is useful is much better. I’m glad that Rhode Island now has this system, and I hope that citizens take advantage of it to stay informed about the issues that affect them,” said Senator Cote.