New Hampshire Same-Sex Marriage Bill Becomes Law


(Concord, New Hampshire, June 3, 2009) – New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed into law legislation to legalize same-sex marriage. The new law extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples takes effect on January 1, 2010.


From Albany Project:

As the Innovation Officer of the Senate, it is my mission to leverage the power of technology throughout the administrative and legislative activities of the Senate to help this institution serve the people of New York more efficiently, effectively, and transparently. To that end, we need YOUR input on how we should move forward. We invite you to share your thoughts with us in person at CapitolCamp, which will take place next Friday, June 5th, in the Capitol in Albany.

Our office, together with the New York State CIO’s Office, is hosting this conference to come together with concerned citizens to share ideas about how technology can make government work better for all the residents of the Empire State across all of its branches of government. Our focus will be on using technology to increase transparency and participation in New York State government.

Here are the details:

CapitolCamp NY
Friday, 5th June 2009
From 10:30 am till 6:00 pm
New York State Capitol, Albany, NY
Proposed after party from 6:30 – 8:30 (Location TBD)
Register for free here.

Not An Alternative, a Brooklyn-based 501c3, is chartering a bus to depart at 9:00 pm, after the after-party. A limited number of $40 tickets and can purchased here.

The format of the event will be a traditional “un-conference” where participants (not the organizers) create the agenda for the day’s events. To provide some structure, however, we have divided the day into three themes:

1. Senate 2.0: Technology, Transparency, and Participation in the NY State Legislature
We will begin with a discussion of the role that technology plays in the NY Senate, including a presentation of the “roadmap” for the NY Senate CIO’s Office. We will also discuss the future of public access to State legislative data. The rest of these sessions will explore how technology can be leveraged to enhance public participation in lawmaking bodies.
2. Empire 2.0: Help Us Develop the NY State Strategy

We will begin with a discussion of the role of the Office of the State Chief Information Officer in developing the state strategy and roadmap for NY Executive Branch agencies. How can these agencies use web 2.0, new media, and social collaborative tools and technologies to better serve citizens and improve inter-governmental communications? This discussion will include a brief presentation of the current state and seek your input on how to answer this question and develop New York State’s strategy in this area.

3. Web 2.0 for Government – Training Workshop
Expert online organizer Beka Economopoulos will offer hands-on training about how citizens, elected officials, and civil servants alike can Web 2.0 tools such as the new website, Twitter, and Facebook more effectively.We invite you to propose sessions on the CapitolCampNY’s sessions page prior to the event by going here.

My team and I are thrilled to invite the public to share their thoughts, ideas, and solutions. We hope you will join us next Friday in Albany.

Contact us:

Twitter: Direct us a tweet via @CapitolCamp or use the hashag #CapitolCamp
Email: Email the NY Senate CIO’s office at

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