State legislators in New York are likely to come under greater scrutiny with the expansion of Digital Democracy, a video transparency platform that helps citizens and advocacy groups track bills, hearings and political influencers.
The platform — first rolled out in California — functions like a YouTube for state Assembly and state Senate meetings, complete with shareable and searchable transcriptions and tags. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former California state Sen. Sam Blakeslee joined Hazel Dukes, former president of the NAACP, in launching an update of the platform Tuesday. It’s also scheduled to arrive in Texas and Florida by January 2018.