Open States, one of the greatest government transparency initiatives in the US has teamed up with the Open Media Foundation. The Open Media Foundation has recently signed a Fiscal Sponsorship agreement to include the Open States project under our 501(C)(3).
Open States is a collection of tools aggregating legislative data from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Open States was a project of the Sunlight Foundation from 2009-2016, when Sunlight terminated their Sunlight Labs initiatives. OMF followed the process closely due to the overlap and integration we have built between Open States and our Open Media Project Initiative. OMF has been working on integrating Open State’s detailed voting history with our government video archiving, transcription, and sharing tools (see a prototype of this integration here). In October of 2016, Sunlight handed the project over to a group of volunteers and former Sunlight staffers as an independently-run project headed by James Turk. Two months later this new team signed a Fiscal Sponsorship agreement to bring the project under the 501(C)(3) backing of the Open Media Foundation.
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