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26 March 2012

Blogger Day at the Capitol on Sine Die

Georgia's vibrant blogging community will be recognized by the legislature on Sine Die (March 29, 2012) at the third annual "Blogger Day at the Capitol."

"Blogger Day at the Capitol" was conceived a during a live-blog of the thirtieth legislative day, also known as Crossover Day, in 2010.

Simply put, a live-blog is a real-time blog of a live event.

Hosted by many of Georgia's most prominent blogs, the 2010 Crossover Day live-blog saw participation from several legislators, candidates for public office as well as members of traditional media outlets.

Over the course of that 2010 live-blog, it was suggested that the General Assembly honor the state's bloggers for their unique role in promoting openness, transparency, and accountability in government. State Rep. Steve Davis (R - McDonough) introduced House Resolution 1924, and after a vote by the House, "Blogger Day at the Capitol" was born.

Blogger Day at the Capitol 2012 marks the first time the state Senate will adopt a resolution commending Georgia's blogs.

The 2012 "Blogger Day" resolution, sponsored by state Sen. Josh McKoon (R - Columbus), is featured below:

A Resolution

Commending Georgia’s bloggers for their continued, consistent and constant role in promoting openness, transparency, and accountability in government at all levels; designating March 29, 2012 as “Blogger Day at the Capitol”; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, blogs offer countless Georgians a vehicle to assert their constitutional right of free speech and free press; and

WHEREAS, blogs promote an interest in government and the political process; and

WHEREAS, blogs are extremely vital to the public discourse as they provide attention to various issues facing government at every level; and

WHEREAS, countless Georgians launched blogs, became bloggers, and participated in blogging since its advent in the late 90s; and

WHEREAS, Georgia’s bloggers frequently receive and accept invitations by traditional media outlets to pen opinion columns in newspapers, appear on talk radio programs, and participate in panels on television news networks; and

WHEREAS, elected officials frequent Georgia’s blogs to communicate with concerned citizens about the work being done on the people’s behalf in the halls of government; and

WHEREAS, through their issue advocacy, Georgia’s bloggers steer the debate in the halls of government; and

WHEREAS, the continued, consistent and constant growth of blogs in Georgia fosters openness, transparency, and accountability in the halls of government.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GEORGIA STATE SENATE that the members of this body commend Georgia’s bloggers for their continued, consistent and constant role in promoting openness, transparency, and accountability at every level of government.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Georgia State Senate designates March 29, 2012 as “Blogger Day at the Capitol.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit a copy of this resolution to the public and the press.