How to Participate in the Legislative Session

Interested citizens and political junkies looking to keep tabs on the 2007 Legislature have more ways than ever to watch and participate from Southern Nevada.

For those with Internet access, the place to start is the Legislature's Web site: www.leg.state.nv.us.

There, citizens will find a calendar of meetings, including information on which ones will be broadcast to the Sawyer Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., and links to corresponding agendas.

This session, up to four committee meetings -- two in the Senate and two in the Assembly -- can be broadcast to Southern Nevada at any one time. That's an increase from three simultaneous broadcasts in 2005.

The public can testify on bills from Las Vegas using the teleconferencing technology.

The Legislature's Web page also provides access over the Internet to video and audio of committee meetings. All committee meetings and daily Senate and Assembly floor sessions can be viewed using the Web site. Windows Media Player software is required for access.

The Web site provides e-mail addresses for lawmakers so questions or comments can be submitted directly to legislators. (If you're not sure who your Assembly or Senate representative is, by entering your address the Web site will figure it out for you.)

The Web site also offers bill tracking for those who want to keep an eye on a specific piece of legislation. The site allows monitoring of up to 10 measures for free. More sophisticated programs, with e-mail updates, are available at costs ranging from $50 to $500.

Courtesy of the Las Vegas Review Journal

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