Internet Users in Silver State Get
Tie-In to New Legislative System
By Steve Miller
copyright © 1997, Electric Nevada
|It could be one of the biggest stories in the history of Nevada. But it doesn't even seem to be registering with most of the mainline media.|
reports so far on the 1997 Nevada Legislature's extensive
new computer system have focused on the 'cool' laptop
computers lawmakers will carry around the new Legislative
building in Carson City.
Or the stories have fretted about ways the system's email capacity might let legislators violate state public meeting laws.
But any web-savvy, politically interested Nevadan who looks carefully at the Nevada Legislature's new web site -- at http://www.leg.state.nv.us -- will start to see that Nevada is on the verge of a whole new era in self-government.
The fact is, law-making in Nevada, suddenly, is coming right into your home and office.
All at once, every Internet-connected Nevadan -- at least, in between any system crashes of the new system at the Capitol -- can have a virtual ring-side seat at, and input into, the crafting of the laws that govern us all.
Because it's not only members of the state Assembly and Senate who are getting a hefty new computer system. The Nevada public will be getting it, too -- on the Internet.
What was, in the past, an essentially private, subscription-based, dial-up
dial-up network, is now going to be available to all, via
the Legislature's Internet web site, says Ron Nichols,
information services manager for the Legislative Counsel
says all four parts work together.
-- and about 40
non-touch-screen machines for the legislative support
they are not very
familiar with the keyboard where everything is laid out.
The system is designed in a way that a touch screen ATM
machine that a touch screen ATM machine would work.
Instead of getting [currency].. out of [it]... you get
bills. So you just kind of push a thing that says
'Bills'; you write down the bill that you want, and you
get it. It's as simple as that."
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