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California’s legislative website gets high marks

Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State speech to California Legislators in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Gov. Jerry Brown delivers his State of the State speech to California Legislators in the Assembly chambers at the state Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Finally, California’s state government gets some good news about its much-criticized information technology systems.

FiscalNote, a Washington, D.C.-based company that mines state government websites for information that it packages for clients, says that the California Legislature’s recently revised website is one of the nation’s five best.

“Our data team loves the California site,” FiscalNote concluded after a 50-state survey. “They said it’s ‘easy to extract information which is very clean and consistent.’ The second fastest legislature site, it loads in less than a second. Additionally, they recently updated their legslative information portal; but of course anything would have been better than the previous version.”

The legislative websites in Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia also got high marks from FiscalNote’s staff, which rated those of legislatures in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky and New Mexico as the worst.

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