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The Movement to Make Legal Codes More Accessible Expands in Miami

From Route Fifty Decoding legal jargon is catching on in state and local jurisdictions. Miami-Dade County in South Florida released the beta version of its interactive, online legal code to the public Wednesday, with the goal of making jurisdictional laws understandable to non-lawyers and accessible to digital developers. Florida’s state government and Baltimore’s city government […]

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Code for Miami & The OpenGov Foundation Launch

From The OpenGov Foundation Code for Miami & The OpenGov Foundation Launch New Online Legal Resource Makes Miami-Dade County Laws More Accessible, User-Friendly and Interactive for All Residents and Businesses. MIAMI, FL (December 2, 2015) — Code for Miami and The OpenGov Foundation today announced the launch of, a free online resource to […]

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New Software Release: State Decoded Version 0.9

Version 0.9 of The State Decoded is now available on GitHub. This release completes the work to store multiple editions of a code started in v0.8. Since we have made fundamental changes to how laws are stored, potentially breaking previous installations, we have added it as an additional pre-1.0 release.

Read more » Launches in Full, Offers City Laws in Regular Language

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From Government Technology Chicago’s relaunched non-beta website includes a streamlined design and features that weren’t originally available upon beta launch. Chicago first launched the beta version of its open legal code website – – in November 2013. And on March 18, the website was relaunched in full — it’s now out of beta, boasting 45,000 hits, […]

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Governments Making it Easier for Citizens to Know the Law

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From GOVERNING, January 14, 2015 Once tightly controlled by commercial publishers, legal codes are becoming more accessible online, thanks to the open data movement. In 2012, Dave Zvenyach, chief counsel for the District of Columbia City Council, received a phone call from a software developer who wanted a copy of the D.C. Code, which contains […]

Read more » Empowering Citizens to Help Modernize the City’s Municipal Code

San Francisco City Supervisor Farrell Introduces Constituent-Driven Housing Reform Ordinance Made Possible by the New, Interactive Municipal Code Website SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 8, 2014) — The non-partisan, non-profit OpenGov Foundation and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell today announced the introduction of the first-ever citizen-suggested reform to the Municipal Code of Laws powered by the first interactive, user-friendly and restriction-free online edition […]

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Nationwide Coalition of City Officials and Civic Technologists Announce Free Law Founders Movement to Reinvent U.S. Lawmaking

Officials from NYC, DC, San Francisco, Chicago & Boston join leaders in civic tech to develop tools that improve every citizen’s ability to access America’s laws, legislation and the legislative process itself on the Internet   (NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, BOSTON, CHICAGO, WASHINGTON D.C.) -  U.S. open government leaders today announced the formation of The Free Law […]

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New Open Source Tool Clarifies City Legal Code

Visit Government Technology for the full story. “America Decoded announced on May 7 the deployment of a new open-source tool that makes legal code more accessible. The software, called AmLegal Decoder, has been deployed in San Francisco as an initial demonstration of how legal code can be made more user-friendly. The software automatically updates as new laws are created […]

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Announcing the AmLegal Decoder: A Free Tool to Publish Laws Seamlessly Online in Ridiculously Useful Open Data Formats

Benefits of “Decoded Law” Now Available to Residents of All 2,000 American Legal Cities   CINCINNATI, OH / WASHINGTON, DC—The American Legal Publishing Corporation and The OpenGov Foundation today announced the creation of the AmLegal Decoder, a new tool that seamlessly transforms hard-to-use municipal laws and legal codes into modern, restriction-free and user-friendly open data accessible via the […]

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