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Introduction

The Sunlight Foundation has been active in calling for legislation to be available online for 72 prior to a final vote in the House or Senate. The following is a list of 72-hour-rule bills and a list of some relevant Sunlight blogposts.

111th Congress 72 Hour Rule Bills

2010

Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to guarantee reasonable time prior to the consideration of legislation. H.Res 1360. Introduced by Rep. Kratovil on 5/13/2010.

2009

Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72 hours before consideration by the House, and for other purposes. H.Res 554. Introduced by Rep. Baird on 6/17/2009.

110th Congress 72 Hour Rule Bills

2007

Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that legislation and conference reports be available on the Internet for 72 hours before consideration by the House, and for other purposes. H.Res. 504. Introduced by Rep. Baird on 6/20/2007.

Select Sunlight Foundation Blogposts and Statements on the 72 Hour Rule:

BlogPosts: A list of all Sunlight blogposts on the 72 hour rule. Here are some posts of particular interest:

  • “Over the years, it’s gotten harder to read the final bill” --Paul Blumenthal (12/04/09)
  • “Congressman’s 72 Hour Rule Suggestion Is Inadequate” --Paul Blumenthal (9/25/09)
  • “72 Hour Rule Momentum” --Lisa Rosenberg (9/23/09)
  • “House Introduces Bill to Enact 72 Hour Rule Mandating Online Publication of Legislation Before Debate” --Press Release (6/18/2009)
  • “A Senate Read the Bill Amendment Falls Five Votes Short” --Paul Blumenthal (4/3/09)
  • “Read the Bill: Define Publicly Available” --Paul Blumenthal (3/9/09)
  • “Sign the Petition to ReadTheBill.org” --Ellen Miller (2/26/09)
  • “Sunlight Foundation Petition Urges Congress to Wait 72 Hours Before Voting on the Bailout Bill” --Press Release (9/29/08)
  • Can You Read a Bill in Under 24 Hours? --Paul Blumenthal (9/17/08)
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