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Ga. lawmakers eye technology to improve process

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By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - An internal website created by a state lawmaker is being credited with helping Georgia House members during the most recent legislative session.

The website developed by state Rep. Mike Dudgeon tracks changes to a bill while in committee or under consideration in the state Senate. Dudgeon says it saves lawmakers time because they don't have to search through printed copies and look for changes.

The website is an example of national efforts to use technology to streamline the legislative process and, in some case, increase transparency. State lawmakers from around the country recently shared best practices during a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Atlanta.

Among those highlighted was the Florida House, which launched a free mobile app for looking up lawmakers, reading bills and tracking votes.

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