House Bill Requires User-Friendly Websites for State Agencies

Last week, the House Oversight Committee voted in support of House Bill 4814 – legislation that would make it easier to understand and contact state government agencies. Called the Open Electronic Access to Government Act, and sponsored by State Representative Jim Runestad (R-44), the bill would require all state departments to work with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) to standardize the presentation of the state department’s websites, maintain updated information, and make available contact information for each department and major office.

The bill …slated that the website updates will not take effect until January 1, 2018. DTMB requested the two-year delay in order for the website overhaul to coincide with DTMB’s efforts to comply with the Federal Americans With Disabilities Act requirements for screen reader-accessible websites.

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