Monday, January 23, 2006
The Baltimore City Council unveiled a new Legislative Information Center which provides online access to council bill information. Currently, the full text of council bills is available for bills from 1999 through today. (To be sure, I didn't seem to be able to find '06 bills). New information is still being added. There are two search options available: simple and advanced. The simple search allows you to search by keyword and supports boolean searching (eg., AND, OR, etc.) whereas the advanced search allows you to search by File ID, sponsor, or subject term. This resource should definitely make Baltimore City research easier. Also on this page you can find the full text of Council Agendas. Finally, it's worth checking out "How A Bill Becomes A Law." (Thanks to Anita Evans for alerting me to this).