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VIRTUAL VENUES

Virtual venuesTech-savvy lawmakers across the country are gathering insight and ideas from constituents on a host of issues. But they’re not going door to door. They’re using online discussion groups and conducting virtual town halls using social media and other online tools. Digital town halls won’t replace traditional meetings or hearings, but these virtual venues are becoming increasingly popular and important.

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LEGISLATIVE WEBCASTS

LegisBriefState legislatures are making it easier for citizens to listen to and watch them in action— from the comfort of their computers and mobile devices. Every legislature now offers live audio or video webcasts of floor sessions, and more committee sessions are going online; at least 37 states now stream select committee hearings.

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MOBILE APPS IN LEGISLATURES

Mobile devicesState legislatures or legislative chambers in at least 19 states have created websites optimized for mobile devices. In addition, several states or legislative chambers have developed downloadable public mobile apps for iPhones, iPads or Android devices.

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SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

YouTubeLegislative caucuses are embracing social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to communicate with constituents, and legislative agencies also increasingly have a presence in social media. On this web page, NCSL tracks legislative caucuses, chambers, agencies, committees and offices that actively use these tools.

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OVERVIEW | LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Legislative information technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated and is providing citizens with enhanced access to the legislative process through the Internet and social media tools. Technology also can help legislatures to improve efficiency in internal operations.

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  • Preserving Legislative Digital Records: Resources

    State legislatures face critical challenges in preserving digital information and official legal materials. This site provides background information and tools and resources from NCSL and other organizations working to keep legislative digital records trustworthy, complete and accessible over time.

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