Friday, October 06, 2006
Public Deliberation Made Easier?
Yesterday, my post/public service announcement over at BioLaw discussed a pending proposal in Michigan that would require all sixth grade girls to receive a vaccine which prevents the transmission of the virus leading to about 70% of cervical cancer. When checking the bill status (it passed the state Senate almost unanimously and has been sitting in a state House committee for about two weeks), I noticed that the Michigan legislature’s website allows public posting of comments regarding pending legislation. This seems like a unique feature to me, though it’s certainly possible that this is becoming more common and I just haven’t noticed. Anyone aware of other states doing this? Thoughts about how legislators consider these comments, as compared to general letters or email/ voicemail messages left in their offices? Anyone out there posted such comments?
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Here's a link to an article on e-rulemaking: http://services.bepress.com/jpd/vol1/iss1/art7/.
And Beth Noveck has done a bunch of work on the subject: http://www.nyls.edu/pages/1407.asp.
Posted by: Ethan Leib | Oct 6, 2006 2:24:04 PM
why does Justice Scalia loom over your faculty profile?
Posted by: wondering | Oct 6, 2006 11:51:59 PM
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