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Miller: Senate to post committee votes within days

mike miller.jpgThe Maryland Senate soon will post committee votes online within days after they occur, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said Tuesday morning.

The announcement was the latest in a flurry of rule changes and proposed legislation this session designed to make state government more open.

Miller said that no one had brought the issue of committee votes to his attention until this year. The Senate's current practice is to print the votes in a journal that is not published until well after the fact. Miller said that can be changed in his chamber without legislation.

"We're going to find a way to get them online ... as quickly as possible," he said, suggesting a time frame of two to three days after the vote takes place.

The goal, Miller said, would be for the committee votes to be accessible to the public before bills come to the floor of the Senate.

In a letter to other House leaders last week, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said he had instructed legislative staff to put committee votes from his chamber online before bills come to the floor.

Busch said the House is also testing a new software system "to video stream committee hearings during the 2010 legislative session, in anticipation of providing full video streaming of committee hearings to the public during the 2011 legislative session."

By John Wagner  |  January 26, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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It's not enough. Does anyone trust Busch and Miller to actually follow through on this, especially on controversial committee votes?

I hope Del. Mizeur puts in her more comprehensive legislation to open up both the General Assembly and the BPW.

Posted by: member8 | January 26, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

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