Editorial: Bills and apps

New mobile app can help keep up with state legislators
Jan. 23, 2013 @ 11:53 PM

Sevier County has three members of the Legislature representing us in Nashville. Two of them are new. Keeping up with them, letting them know how you feel and monitoring legislation can be a challenge.

Now there is a new moble application you can ourchase that will make that task a little easier. The app includes contact information for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly and is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The 108th Tennessee General Assembly app is designed to help Tennessee residents connect with their legislators and contains searchable contact, staff and committee information for all Tennessee representatives and senators.

It’s a neat idea in this increasingly mobile workd in which we live. Legislators have toll-free ppone numbers — that’s better than many states offer — and email addresses. At the bottom of this page you’ll find contact information for legislators and members of Congress who represent Tennessee.

The mobile app has more. It features:

- A continually updated database of all Senate and House members

- Contact, staff and committee information

- A fast search function

- One-click call or email ability

- The app was developed by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and Bass Berry & Sims PLC.

“We began producing the print directory of the General Assembly more than 30 years ago to be a reference for Tennessee residents and to educate legislators about electric co-ops, ” said David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “Our app continues that tradition — providing a useful tool while educating users about our co-ops.”

The $4.99 application can be found by searching for “Tennessee General Assembly” in the Apple App Store or Google PLAY Marketplace. This is a good idea, an inexpensive way to keep tabs on your elected officials.