Tag: virginia

by John Athayde

Over the last few months, I’ve been working on a standard website design to bundle with The State Decoded. That’s the project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to create a standard, installable platform to display laws online. The project started as a Virginia-only site, for which I had originally created […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

Throughout the planning process for the State Decoded project, I have made the basic assumption that the primary source of traffic for the software would be from search engines. People typing in things like “boundary law in kentucky” or “grand larceny illinois bad checks,” would be led directly to the law in question, presented within […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

A rich source of information about laws is found in the history data that accompanies each law in most states, but you’ve probably never noticed it. For example, Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act has a series of exemptions spelled out in § 2.2-3705.1 which has a cryptic series of numbers listed below the law, in […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

There is a common belief that since laws are the result of legislation, then surely one can automatically assemble an amended version of the code based on the bills that have passed the legislature. This is both a really cool idea and a wrong one. Your standard narrative of how a bill becomes law doesn’t […] more »