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Issue Position: Open Up the Legislative Process to the Public

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Today lobbyists and special interests dominate the legislative discussion. New technologies and more open processes can be used to open up the legislative debate to all citizens of the state.

Allow more public comment on legislation: The public should get the same information legislators receive on legislation, and they should be able to comment on bills online.

Promote video testimony: We live in a large state. Citizens shouldn't have to drive to Olympia to testify on a bill. They should be able to use a range of free and simple video tools to make their voices heard from where they live.

Allow the time: Haste makes waste. It also makes for poor legislation. Rules should be changed to require 72 hours between a bill being proposed and any action taken on it.

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