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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jerry Green supports package of gun-control bills

Legislature's website offers detailed look at items taken up.
Plainfielders who have not visited the Legislature's website for a while may want to check out how easy it is to track legislation and the votes of members on it.

As an example, take the package of 22 gun-related bills taken up by the Assembly last Thursday (2/21/2013).

With just a click or two, a reader is able to call up the action for any given day's session from 2000 to date (see page here).

Once a date is selected, the reader can choose an item from that date (as in the illustration at top of story). For instance, clicking on the 'Assembly Session' link for 2/21/2013, opens a page showing details on the 22-bill gun legislation package passed by the Assembly on that date, including the bill (or resolution) number, a brief abstract of the contents, and more.

But wait, there's more!

Interested in how a particular elected official voted?

You can have that, too.

For instance, clicking on the alphabetical roster (see here) takes you to a listing of all members, Senators first, then Assembly members.

Under Assemblyman Jerry Green's entry, you can click on votes by bill or by topic, where you can find that our Assemblyman voted 'yes' on the entire gun-control legislative package.

New Jersey's legislative website is one of the best organized and easiest to use, a very handy tool, and an example of 'your tax dollars at work' not being a joke.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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