“The new legislative system developed through the work of many people within the State House and Tallan, Inc. has created a new and user-friendly system by which legislative work can more easily be processed,”
The Commonwealth was looking for a way to provide both its constituents and legislatures with a public means to access important information related to upcoming events, bills moving through the legislative process, committee membership, legislator contact and biography information, and educational materials. All of this needed to be built in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A secondary goal was to create internal workflows to support the drafting of bills and allow historical bills from the existing mainframe systems to then be searched and displayed on the public Web site.
A significant advantage of the new public Web site is that changes and bill history records for legislative documents are instantly viewable by constituents on the public site. Residents can now view the text and status of a bill, captured by the Legislative Automated Workflow System (LAWS), on the public Web site as it passes through the legislative process.
Legislators and their staff use LAWS to…
Draft and file legislation
Engage in sponsoring bills
Manage committee activities
Monitor all state house and district functions
Search capabilities, on-line polling, and alerts in a centralized Web app