For Immediate Release
Sept. 17, 2020
Denver—The Minnesota Legislature’s website was awarded the 2020 Online Democracy Award for having a superior legislative website.
The National Conference of State Legislature’s (NCSL) Online Democracy Award is presented annually to a legislature, legislative chamber or caucus whose website makes democracy user-friendly in an outstanding way. The winning website is chosen by a committee of legislative staffers who evaluate each site’s design, content and technological integration.
The Minnesota Legislature's website was recognized for its “humongous” amount of content, which is organized and structured in a very user-friendly manner, according to the selection committee. The site designers did a great job focusing on members, bill searches and statutes. “Considering how much information is on it, the website is almost deceptively simple while still being polished—but not overly fancy for fancy’s sake,” the committee said. “It’s really commendable.”
The Online Democracy Award is sponsored by two of NCSL's legislative staff associations: the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) and the Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS).
Previous winners of the NCSL Online Democracy Award include the North Carolina Legislature (2019), Massachusetts Legislature (2018), Alaska Legislature (2017), New York Senate (2016), Tennessee Legislature (2015), Utah Legislature (2014), Massachusetts Legislature (2013), Hawaii Legislature (2012), Florida Senate (2011), Washington Legislature (2010), Tennessee General Assembly (2009), Texas Legislature (2008), New Jersey Legislature (2007), Minnesota Legislature (2006) and the Utah Legislature (2005).
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.