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Entries from August 2008

Navigating legislation (after the fact, of course)

August 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

In May, the Congress passed the 2008 Farm Bill, which regulates various food, nutrition, and apparently biofuel issues. Tufts food policy professor Parke Wilde writes on his blog today:
The 629-page text (.pdf) of the 2008 Farm Bill is so complex and unreadable that the U.S. food policy community has been on the edge of our [...]

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Public Legislative Participation

August 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The next list I’d like to tackle is legislative participation. A number of innovative approaches have appeared in various legislative bodies, inviting public participation in what is arguably the most public of all processes: the creation of public policy.  While these projects vary in scope and effect, they all have granted a new level [...]

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Various Updates

August 5th, 2008 · No Comments

(updates as sent to the ohp group)
The coverage continues of the Republican House Members on the House floor, more easily trackable now through dontgo.us.
CRP just noted the implementation of the financial disclosure database by the Clerk of the House, as required by the HLOGA (here’s the White House’s press release ).  Enhancing public access to [...]

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House Pep-Rally

August 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

As Paul just wrote on the Sunlight Blog, there’s quite a scene developing this afternoon on the House floor, as House Republicans gather for what Rep. Culberson is calling a “peprally” about offshore drilling and energy.  It’s hard to get good updates on what’s happening, but I have a question:
(For details, here’s coverage from the [...]

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