Text: S.Res.562 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/23/2010)


111th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. RES. 562


To increase transparency by requiring Senate amendments to be made available to the public in a timely manner.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 23, 2010

Mr. Grassley submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration


RESOLUTION

To increase transparency by requiring Senate amendments to be made available to the public in a timely manner.

Resolved,

SECTION 1. Availability to the public.

Not later than 6 months after the date of adoption of this resolution, the Secretary of the Senate shall make the Senate amendment database (ats.senate.gov or a similar amendment database) available to the public on a public website in a manner that will allow the public to view amendments as soon as they are made widely available to Members of Congress and staff.

SEC. 2. Upgrades to the website.

Not later than 6 months after the date of adoption of this resolution, the Secretary of the Senate shall improve the Senate amendment website and any other amendment website made available to the public by ensuring that—

(1) all amendments are scanned and posted on the website in their entirety;

(2) all submitted amendments have their purpose inputted when they are entered into the website;

(3) all amendments are identified on the website as first degree or second degree and by what bill or amendment they are offered, if available;

(4) all amendments on the website have the dates they were submitted, proposed, and disposed of; and

(5) all amendments and any associated metadata are permanently available on the website or the Legislative Information System (LIS)/THOMAS sites.

SEC. 3. Funding.

It is the sense of the Senate that appropriations should be made available through the appropriations process to carry out this resolution.