For the first time ever, MadisonDC gives residents a direct voice in the
creation of District laws, regulations, taxes, and more
May 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – At-Large Councilmember David Grosso and The OpenGov Foundation today launched the beta version of MadisonDC, a free online lawmaking tool that empowers citizens to engage directly with their elected officials – and the policymaking process itself – by commenting on, proposing changes to, and debating real D.C. Council legislation. Grosso is the first-ever District elected official to give citizens the opportunity to log on and legislate, putting him at the forefront of a nation-wide movement reinventing local legislatures with technology. Three bills are now open for crowdsourcing on MadisonDC: a plan to fully legalize marijuana, a proposal to make zoning laws more friendly to urban farmers, and legislation to create open primary elections.
How MadisonDC Works
MadisonDC turn’s today’s confusing and inefficient lawmaking processes into an interactive, Internet-based and seamless user experience where everyone can have an equal voice, share their ideas, and actually be heard by their governments. It’s how laws should be made in the Internet Age.
“We are excited to support Councilmember Grosso’s unprecedented efforts to welcome residents – and their ideas – directly into the local lawmaking process,” said Seamus Kraft, Co-Founder & Executive Director of The OpenGov Foundation. “But what really matters is that we’re going to produce better City Council bills, with fewer frustrations and unintended consequences.
“These three bills are only a start,” Kraft continued. “The ultimate goal of MadisonDC is transforming D.C.’s entire policymaking machine for the Internet Age, creating an end-to-end, on-demand collaboration ecosystem for both citizens and city officials. The possibilities are limitless.”
“As we encourage more public engagement in the legislative process, I hope D.C. residents will take a moment to log onto the Madison project,” added Councilmember Grosso. “I look forward to seeing the public input on my proposed bills.”
MadisonDC is the District of Columbia’s version of the free Madison software that reinvents government for the Internet Age. Madison 1.0 powered the American people’s successful defense of Internet freedom from Congressional threats. It delivered the first crowdsourced bill in the history of the U.S. Congress. And now, the non-partisan, non-profit OpenGov Foundation has released Madison 2.0, empowering you to participate in your government, efficiently access your elected officials, and hold them accountable.
Currently in beta, Madison 2.0 is open source software that can be used to open any government data production process on the Web – from regulations to rule-making, legislation to letter-writing. Bottom line: Madison is custom-built to connect the decision-makers in our democracy to the people they serve. Click here if you want Madison and The OpenGov Foundation to help you get better results from your local, state or federal government.
About The OpenGov Foundation
OpenGov is a small non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 working to open government. That means making it easier for people to access and use as much government information as possible. We believe innovative technology can help deliver a government that listens, works for everyday citizens, and actually delivers smart solutions to our shared challenges.
We believe democracy means everyone should have the chance to be a hands-on contributor.