From HB477 to the Utah Legislature winning the Online Democracy Award

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, looks on during the Senate session Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Lawmakers have begun finalizing legislation to set Utah's roughly $13 billion budget as they wrap up the final two days of the legislative session. As it is almost every year, education funding is taking center stage as it takes up a little more than half of the final budget proposal. “Since I've been in the legislature, the first place that we spend money is education, and the last place that we cut is education,” said Senate President Wayne Niederhauser. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, looks on during the Senate session Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

[UPDATED 8/28/2014 1:25 PM with more links below]

Nailed it.

This week, Speaker Becky Lockhart and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser accepted the Online Democracy Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)  on behalf of the Utah Legislature. NCSL recognized the Utah legislative website, le.utah.gov, as Best in the Nation. You know what?They deserve it. The site really is awesome and it makes it possible for anyone with an internet connection to get more information about sausage making legislation and the Utah Legislature than they could possibly consume.

House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, answers questions from members of the media in her office at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Behind her is Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)
House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, answers questions from members of the media in her office at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Behind her is Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

After the cachinnations in the press over HB477 died down, the Utah Legislature–led by Lockhart and Niederhauser (and their staffs)–buckled down and showed they were earnest in wanting to give Utahns access to their government. Transparency is an ongoing effort, but this recognition shows we’re moving in the right direction. Follow how legislation is made and what those scoundrels up at the legislature are up to more on social media, blogs, and their website below: Utah Legislature: http://le.utah.gov/

Senate Cloud: http://senatecloud.com/

House Twitter: https://twitter.com/UtahReps

Senate Twitter: https://twitter.com/utahsenate

House Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UtahReps

Senate Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/utahsenate

Senate YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/UtahSenateChannel

House YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/UtahReps

Legislative Blog Sites:

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