Ga. senators want legislation posted before consideration

Georgia’s two senators are among more than two dozen co-sponsoring a bill that requires proposed legislation be posted on the Internet at least 72 hours before the Senate or any committee debates or votes on the proposal.

S.1772 also requires that a full score from the Congressional Budget Office, which includes the legislation’s estimated cost, be posted along with the text.

“We must take the time to establish transparency in the legislative process,” U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said in a statement. “This legislation will help ensure that members of Congress as well as the general public have the opportunity to thoroughly review legislation before it is considered as well as find out what it will cost American taxpayers.”

Isakson and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., are among the 27 senators co-sponsoring the rule change. The bill is currently pending in committee.

Posting pending legislation has become a hot-button issue in recent months amid criticism that the “climate change” bill and the massive bailout were not available for public consumption prior to Congressional action.

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