Tennessee General Assembly’s Website Wins Online Democracy Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--The Tennessee General Assembly continues to leverage advanced technology to redefine the legislative process with a newly enhanced website, www.capitol.tn.gov. The sleek new site design was the collaborative vision of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently honored the Tennessee General Assembly with the Online Democracy Award for the best legislative website in the country. The award was presented during the NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Seattle. The award recognizes a legislature, legislative chamber or caucus whose website stands out for making democracy user-friendly. This is the second time Tennessee has been presented with the Online Democracy Award, previously winning in 2009.

The website, www.capitol.tn.gov, uses a responsive design that allows access to the site from devices of all sizes, including tablets and smart phones, which makes it easier than ever for citizens to get access to their legislators and the legislative process while on the go. The modern design includes streaming video for legislative sessions, enhanced search capabilities, a bill tracking service, and easy to understand bill summaries.

The Online Democracy Award is sponsored by two of NCSL’s legislative staff organizations: the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) and the Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS).

Implementation of the site was driven by Russell Humphrey, Chief Clerk of the Senate, Joe McCord, Chief Clerk of the House, Scott Gilmer, Chief of Staff of the House, and Vinay Dattu, Legislative Information Systems Director for the Tennessee General Assembly. The site was designed and developed by NIC, Inc., Tennessee’s eGovernment Partner since 2000.

About NIC, Tennessee Information Division

NIC, Tennessee Information Division helps Tennessee build and maintain the state’s official web portal TN.gov, and hundreds of online services that allow citizens and businesses to interact with state government more efficiently.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” six times, most recently ranked at No. 36 (2014), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

Contacts

Tennessee Information Division
Katie Freeman, 615-313-0300
katie.freeman@egovtn.org

Release Summary

The Tennessee General Assembly was honored by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as having the best legislative website in the country. They were given the Online Democracy Award.

Contacts

Tennessee Information Division
Katie Freeman, 615-313-0300
katie.freeman@egovtn.org