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House Speaker Weatherford Unveils New 'FL House' Smart Phone App

Sascha Cordner

Want to be at the center of the legislative action in the Florida House? Well, there’s now an app for that.

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford has rolled out what he calls an innovative way to make government more accessible to the people of Florida. The Republican leader unveiled the new 'FL House' mobile app Thursday that he hopes will serve as a model for the nation.

Weatherford says the new mobile app comes with many different features from tracking House bills to keeping up with live committee meetings.

“It used to be that you had to watch TV or read the newspaper to know what was happening, but now we are empowering Floridians within the comfort of their own home to go and live stream and see what we’re doing in committee, to be able to contact their Legislator with over 600 ways to do so, which this app will have," said Weatherford.

"It’s going to increase people’s access to their government, so if they want to talk to their Speaker, if they want to talk to their Legislator, they’re going to have the opportunity to do that in better formats than they’ve ever had.”

The app will be available on the first day of the 2013 Florida Legislative, Tuesday, March 5th.

And, will the Florida Senate follow suit? A spokeswoman for Senate President Don Gaetz issued this statement:

Senator Gaetz thinks Speaker Weatherford has a great idea. He's excited to see it and is planning to add it to his iphone. When the Senate website was redesigned under President Haridopolos it included similar mobile capabilities that are compatible with all browsers and all devices. We do not currently have plans to develop an app separate from the current mobile capabilities on the Senate site.

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