A website aimed at keeping Missouri residents informed of current debates in Jefferson City has officially been launched. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Secretary of State Jason Kander:
The new site is designed to guarantee open access for the general public. “One of my main goals as Secretary of State is to ensure open and honest government in Missouri and a part of that is making the legislative process more open, “said Kander, “The website compiles audio recordings of debates from the floor of the Missouri House and the Missouri Senate. This allows residents to hear what their representatives and senators are saying about the laws that are pending.”
The elected official believes, with the current technology available, there should be an easy system in place that allows voters to stay up-to-date on current issues. “We have the ability now to TiVO our favorite television programs and so it doesn’t make a lot of sense that, in order to hear your elected representatives debate, you have to sit by your computer and listen to the debate live as it happens, “said Kander,” This provides the opportunity to know more about what’s going on in Jefferson City and the arguments that are going back and forth regarding pending laws so that you can then communicate to your legislators your own opinion.”
Currently, the previous week’s debates are available at the website. Kander said he hopes to have an even more immediate posting time in the near future.
Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced an initiative to make state government more open and accessible to Missourians, TheMissouriChannel.com. As the state’s chief records keeper, Kander is responsible for managing both current and historical records of state government to ensure those records are accessible to Missouri citizens. He started this initiative to give Missourians access to government information that currently is not readily available.
“One of my major goals as secretary of state is to make government more transparent and accessible, and this project will go a long way to achieve that,” Kander said. “Even better, this initiative comes at no additional cost to the taxpayers, because it’s using systems already in place.”
On TheMissouriChannel.com, Missourians will find archived audio files of floor debate from the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives so they can listen to their government in action when it’s convenient for them. Currently, Missourians can only listen to live-streaming debate. Last week’s House and Senate debates are already on the site, as well as links to the daily journals, so visitors to the website can more easily search through the audio.
The initiative will grow in the coming months and years to provide Missourians more access to the Missouri Legislature and statewide officeholders.