Pittsburgh City Council and the Office of the City Clerk, along with Mayor Ravenstahl, have officially launched InSite, a new Legislative Information Center that provides internet users with complete access to all city legislation. InSite is available at the city's official website: www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us.
“The Freedom of Information Act, updated in 1996 to address electronic data, has generated an ever-increasing demand for open access to public records,” said Council President Douglas Shields. “InSite is a wonderful tool for keeping the public informed and will also benefit private businesses, non profits, the media and other government entities.”
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl agrees and stated that “one of my goals is to make Pittsburgh's government more open and transparent. The use of this new technology will help people connect with legislation going before council that will directly affect them. It will provide them a better opportunity to voice their concerns.”
The City Clerk's Office is the official record keeper for the city. The new Website allows users to read the entire text and history of each bill instead of just short titles. Users can conduct comprehensive searches of all types of legislation, including Resolutions, Ordinances, Proclamations, and Appointments. Searches can be conducted by bill number, date, sponsor, subject matter, key words, or a combination of criteria.
InSite links to Legistar, Daystar's state of the art legislative tracking software and information management system used by the Clerk's Office. By linking the software through the city's Website, users can track legislation from initial presentation throughout the legislative process.
InSite is a joint project of the Mayor's Office, City Council, the Office of the City Clerk, and the City's Computer Information Systems (CIS) Department.