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September 12, 2012
Freeing CRS Reports
Using the recently published CRS report entitled Researching Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Resources for Congressional Staff (RL33895 August 31, 2012) as a jump-off, AALL's Washington Blawg issues a reminder to contact your representative because
[t]he House Administration Committee is poised to consider H.Res. 727, the Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Resolution of 2012, which would make CRS reports available online in a free, public database. It’s likely the bill could come to a vote in the lame duck session.
The Washington Blawg post illustrates the differences in information access available through the Congressional Legislative Information System and THOMAS by quoting from Free Government Information's Comparing LIS and Thomas post.
Both FGI's post and the CRS report are recommended for legal research instructional purposes. While the CRS report does reference some non-government resources, I'm still scratching my head over why the very well established OpenCongress is not listed while GovTrack is for federal bill tracking. [JH]