May 7, 2009

Senate sees the light on XML

Well, that was quick. A week after we reported that Senator DeMint was calling for more transparency of Senate votes, the Senate has agreed.

"The Rules Committee staff agrees with you that providing vote data in XML will provide greater transparency to the public as well as improve the timeliness and accuracy of information found in the public domain," Schumer wrote Erickson in a letter approving the change.

The Senate should be applauded for choosing to increase transparency. The technology exists and is no more of a burden than reporting the votes in a less friendly format.

(Thanks Politico)