Duke Law School's Center for the Public Domain has released the new copyright comic book! Download the comic book here. Listen to the radio story here. Hurray for efforts to make the law more accessible and intelligible!
Governing Magazine has a useful article on citizen consultation. It focuses on measures, both offline (America Speaks town meetings) and online (blogs etc) to gauge "thoughts, ideas and opinions of the average citizen." The article makes clear to the state and local government officials who are its readers that engaging with the public is both possible and desirable.
A group calling itself ReadtheBill.org Civic Action "is a narrowly focussed effort to persuade the U.S. Congress to establish the "72 Hours of Online Sunshine Rule" and post proposed legislation online for 72 hours before it comes to the floor." They have persuaded Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) to introduce a resolution that would change the House rules to require that all proposed legislation be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before it comes up for floor debate. A summary of the resolution's major provisions is online on the group's website. Thank you to Prof. Michael Roffer for sending this my way.