Web Site Changes at the Montana Legislature
You MUST update your web browser’s bookmarks or favorites
What: Many of the documents linked from the Montana Legislature’s web site are being moved to a new server. Users with bookmarks\favorites MUST update their bookmarks\favorites to point to the new location after the change is made. See the list of documents below.
When: The server change will occur in early June 2013. For a short time both the old and new servers will contain the documents. The old (existing) server will be shut down before the end of June 2013.
Why: The Legislature has contracted for web hosting with the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) since the 1990s. On July 1, 2013 that contract will end, and the web documents hosted at OPI will have been moved to a Legislative Branch owned web server.
List of documents that are moving:
- Online MCA.
- Online Constitution.
- Bill text from all legislative sessions that are online.
- Fiscal notes from all legislative sessions that are online.
- Journals from all legislative sessions that are online.
- House and Senate rules online.
- LAWS status reports from some older sessions.
- Amendment text, committee amendments, and other documents related to legislative sessions.
- For you techies: Any Montana Legislature related documents that have a URL base of “data.opi.mt.gov”.
- Q: Can you just do redirects so I don’t have to change my bookmarks\favorites?
- A: We could, but the redirects will only work for a short while until the older OPI server is shut down. That will happen in late June or early July 2013.
- Q: This is really a pain for me to delete and recreate all my bookmarks\favorites, is there an easier way to do this?
- A: Maybe – if you choose, rather than delete and recreate bookmarks\favorites you can edit them to replace “data.opi.mt.gov” with “leg.mt.gov” in the URL. Talk to your technical support staff if you want to try this, but do not know how.
- Q: Why are these documents on the OPI server in the first place?
- A: OPI has hosted some of the Legislature’s documents since the early 1990s when OPI hosted the state’s electronic bulletin board system. Until recently, the Legislature did not have a web server and relied on OPI and the Dept. of Administration for web hosting services.