Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Show-Me Transparency: MO Secretary Of State Kander Creates Missouri Channel.com

Greater Accessibility for Missouri politics . . . Archived audio of debate in the Missouri House and Senate. By archiving this information and making it available to the public, Secretary Kander hopes to give Missourians the opportunity to listen to their government in action.

Kander launches TheMissouriChannel.com to make legislative debate more accessible to the public

Jefferson City, MO — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced an initiative to make state government more open and accessible to Missourians, TheMissouriChannel.com. As the state's chief records keeper, Kander is responsible for managing both current and historical records of state government to ensure those records are accessible to Missouri citizens. He started this initiative to give Missourians access to government information that currently is not readily available.

“One of my major goals as secretary of state is to make government more transparent and accessible, and this project will go a long way to achieve that,” Kander said. “Even better, this initiative comes at no additional cost to the taxpayers, because it’s using systems already in place.”

On TheMissouriChannel.com, Missourians will find archived audio files of floor debate from the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives so they can listen to their government in action when it’s convenient for them. Currently, Missourians can only listen to live-streaming debate. Last week’s House and Senate debates are already on the site, as well as links to the daily journals, so visitors to the website can more easily search through the audio.

The initiative will grow in the coming months and years to provide Missourians more access to the Missouri Legislature and statewide officeholders.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not .org? Or part of the mo.gov domain structure?

The Sad State of Democracy said...

That means that legislative staff and members of the assembly can stay in their offices, meet with lobbyists and drink corrupt hooch, and cavort with lovers, rather than sit around the chamber during debate.

Awesome.... legislation by drones moves one step closer to reality.

Anonymous said...

I've been listening to house and Senate sessions on and off for the last few years. All I've really learned is how incredibly inarticulate most of the members are and how unintelligent a few of them appear to be.

Anonymous said...

They really will stay back in their offices or in some hotel suite watching the session and only coming back when necessary.