Here’s what people are saying about “decoded” laws & legal codes.
“Open Government is doing a much needed, long-overdue service to people that will make a difference now and in the future. I didn’t know codes cannot be accessed by [the] public. Everything that’s made into and written as Law should be public knowledge, public property. That must change.”
Meetup.com User Archana, 11/14/13
Overall, an amazing idea and tool! Thanks for promoting True Democracy–its not something the unrepresented residents of the District of Columbia get to experience often.
–MadisonDC User Katie R, 5/21/2014
“This is a tremendous advance for open legal data, really without precedent. American Legal and the OpenGov Foundation have provided a gift to 2,000 cities, the gift of raw material for innovation. This data is being released just as many municipal governments are turning their attention to publishing open data, in response to national, community-rooted organizations like Code for America clamoring for that data. It will be exciting to see new legal data websites and apps popping up around the nation, every one in a municipality that’s an American Legal customer.”
–Waldo Jaquith, Director, US Open Data Institute, 5/7/2014
“Easy access to laws and legislative information are cornerstones for thriving communities and democracies. In San Francisco, we live in the global center of technology and innovation, and I believe it’s crucial that legislators and cities find ways for technology to drive and promote further civic engagement – which this partnership helps to accomplish. We’ve already taken steps here in San Francisco with ReimagineSF, and introducing new laws from direct citizen feedback on SanFranciscoCode.org to update outdated city laws and improve current policies as well.”
–San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell, 5/7/2014
“American Legal has always believed that the laws that we codify for our municipal clients are owned by the local government itself as guardian for the people . . . we are proud of our commitment to user-friendly open data and even prouder to partner with The OpenGov Foundation to further increase transparency in local government through enhanced accessibility to municipal laws.”
–Stephen G. Wolf, President, American Legal Publishing Corporation, 5/7/2014
“@DCOPENGOV is a great resource for anyone lawyers and non-lawyers. Thank you for publishing this.”
–Tiffani N. Johnson, Twitter user @Nisa655, 3/28/2014
“I am thrilled to finally have the District’s Municipal Code in a user-friendly format. Residents will now be in a better position to engage with me and my colleagues on the D.C. Council because they will be able to understand how the laws we pass impact their lives on a daily basis. I am very impressed with the hard work of both the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability’s Office of Open Government and the OpenGov Foundation, who together made this possible here in our nation’s capital.”
–D.C. Councilmember David Grosso, 3/18/2014