Enhancing Public Access to the Constitution Annotated

Today, AALL joined twenty open government groups on a letter to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Chairman Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Ranking Member Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Committee on House Administration Chairman Robert A. Brady (D-PA-1) and Ranking Member Dan Lungren (R-CA-3) urging that the Constitution Annotated be published online in XML format each time it is updated.

The Constitution Annotated is publicly available online in plain text and PDF formats and is updated every two years. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) maintains the document in XML format and regularly updates it.

After the Sunlight Foundation and Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) sent letters last year requesting that the XML version of the Constitution Annotated be made available online, CRS and the Government Printing Office held discussions regarding its publication.

Today’s letter urges the Rules and House Administration Committees to reaffirm and direct that this valuable resource be made available to the public online in XML format each time it is updated.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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