A new resolution in NYC would accept online comments as official feedback on proposed legislation

New York City council members James Vacca and Ben Kallos are proposing a new resolution that would make it easier for people to comment on proposed legislation: The resolution would require the city’s government to accept online comments as official feedback on legislation. Residents can currently only have their opinions officially recognized by showing up to public hearings, which are often held during business hours on weekdays. Vacca explains: “It’s very easy to comment online about last night’s dinner or the Yankees game, but it’s not currently possible to comment online directly to the NYC council about critical legislation.”

+ But news organizations know that online comments can get vicious, and more than a few news organizations chose to axe the comment section in favor of other, possibly more effective forms of communication with readers