For the public, there is no shortage of information on finding bills, looking up committee schedules and keeping track of votes. A person at home can worm their way through the state's Web site to find the needed information, or rely on one of the tracking services to do the job quicker and easier.
But is that enough to stay informed on whether lawmakers are doing the people's business?
"I think it is becoming increasingly evident that the problem today isn't a scarcity of information," Vieth said. "The problem is there is too much information that people who don't dedicate their lives to combing through it have a difficult time knowing what's important and what's not. Journalists act as filters and "