The 2016 Session of the Alabama Legislature begins next week and, according to Secretary of the Senate Pat Harris, inquisitive residents should have no problem following all of the action from the Legislature’s newly updated website, Alabama Legislative Information System Online, also known as ALISON.
The website was built in-house by the Legislature’s tech staff, and Harris says that’s what makes the site “one of the best in the country.”
“The website that had been there for so long just needed to be updated,” Harris said. “There’s so much more of a demand for information today.”
Work began on the website just before the start of the 2015 Legislative Session but, because last year’s Session took so many unexpected turns, Harris and his staff didn’t have the time required to complete the upgrades to the site.
The new website has an increased bandwidth and number of servers in order to cater to the large number of people interested in downloading bills and other documents and watching the Legislative Sessions live, as well as those using the ALISON WiFi while visiting the statehouse.
The site has also been updated to cater to various mobile devices, such as phones and tablets.
“We’re constantly working on it,” Harris said. “We’ve pretty much ironed our way through most it. I’m pleased.”