Thursday, January 17, 2008

A Wiki Turning Legal Language Into Plain English

Wikipedia For Laws.
This is a wiki dedicated to explaining Congressional legislation in plain English. You can help:

  • Get inspired. Find out how unreadable laws are hurting our country.
  • Sign up! (you don't have to, but you'll get more out of this site by doing so)
  • Choose a bill below that interests you. Contribute to the Bill Text or Analysis.
  • Tell us what you think.

Featured Bill: Free Flow of Information Act of 2007

American journalists are often pressured by law enforcement to name their sources, and recently, some have been imprisoned for refusing to do so. This bill would protect journalists from imprisonment, but the Bush Administration claims it will endanger national security. The bill has been passed by the House of Representatives. The White House has announced the president will veto the bill if it reaches his desk. Analysis | Plain-language Text


Several Internet regulation bills seek to make the Web safer for kids.

  • The SAFE Act of 2007 expands requirements upon Internet services to monitor and report child pornography. Analysis | Plain-language Text
  • The Deleting Online Predators Act of 2007 would restrict access to social networking sites and chat rooms from schools and libraries. Analysis | Plain-language Text
  • The Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2007 would require websites to label content deemed unsuitable for minors, or face civil fines. It would also require websites that contain adult content to register their status with ICANN. Analysis | Plain-language Text

Video Games

Two bills are trying to further regulate the standard video game rating process.

  • The Truth in Video Game Rating Act would require the ESRB and game manufacturers to fully disclose the entirety of video games' content and review such content when rating such games. Analysis | Plain-language Text
  • The Video Game Decency Act of 2007 would make it a crime to withhold information about a video game in order to acquire a less restrictive rating from the ESRB, and to ship that game across state lines. Analysis | Plain-language Text


The new Democratic Senate is attempting to pass more lenient stem cell bills into law.

On June 7, the House passed S.5, a bill that would widely expand stem cell research funding. It will now go to the White House, where President Bush is expected to veto it. There are two other active stem cell bills in Congress right now. Find out about all the bills here:


read more | digg story

No comments: