October 7, 2009
NCSL Gives Tennessee Legislature Web Site Top Honors
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has honored the Tennessee General Assembly with its Online Democracy Award for the best legislative Web site in the country. The annual award recognizes a legislature, legislative chamber or caucus whose Web site stands out for making democracy user-friendly.
The Tennessee Web site, www.capitol.tn.gov, stood out for its ease of navigation, depth of content and openness, and availability of information to the public. Key features of Tennessee's Web site that contributed to this year's award include:
* Prominent educational resources;
* Well-organized information;
* A simple, fresh design;
* Integration of archived streaming video clips with agendas and bill information.
I know I have not said enough to give the General Assembly credit for the overhaul, so let this post be an installment on that debt.
UPDATE: Knoxville News-Sentinel reporter and blogger Michael Silence points out an embarrassing fact about the whole "openness" thing. (HT: Post Politics)