Alabama's Legislative Website Fails To Make The Grade

Mar 11, 2013

According to the Sunlight Foundation, Alabama's legislative website gets a failing grade when it comes to transparency.
Credit / The Sunlight Foundation

An analysis by a nonpartisan nonprofit that focuses on making government transparent and accountable is giving the Alabama Legislature an `F' grade for how it makes legislative information available.

The Sunlight Foundation also gave a failing mark to five other states including Massachusetts, Colorado, and Kentucky.

The foundation rated legislative websites on such factors as completeness of the information on bills, votes and events; how quickly the information was updated; how easily the sites are to navigate; if the information was easily viewed with common software; and if information was preserved for future viewing.

Alabama's site, ALISON, did particularly poor on ease of access with the report saying that in some cases pages required an arcane pattern of clicks to discover.