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Oregon Senate Upgrades Request to Speak System

Recently, International Roll-Call technicians returned from the great state of Oregon, having just installed an upgrade to their Request to Speak System. The upgrade consisted of new Request buttons at the Senators’ desks as well as replacing the old incandescent lamps used for Summoning with long-lasting LED indicators. The most significant change to the system, however, comes with the implementation of IRC’s Request to Speak Software in an environment which has, up until now, been very manual in nature.

“This is about making the jobs of the staff easier and making the process run more efficiently,” explains IRC Senior Engineer, Arnold Snelson. “In the previous manual environment, Requests were difficult to manage and there was no way to tell the order in which the Requests were being made. The IRC software changes that and gives the Secretary the ability to see the Requests not only in a geographical layout but also in a queue that displays them in the order that they come in.”

The RTS software is highly customizable and can be configured to display member Requests in several different ways, including chronologically, alphabetically and by party just to name a few. Control of microphones is also a feature which can be used as part of the system.

With the process of managing Requests to Speak streamlined, IRC expects that the Oregon Senate will see the pay-off in their investment immediately in the form of quickly and efficiently dealing with Requests and allowing the staff to capitalize on that most valuable of resources in the legislative environment; TIME.

It should be noted that in a number of state legislatures we have put in place buttons (SPK AMD & SPK BILL) to allow members to request to speak to either the "amendment" and or the "bill".   Through our Request to Speak application, legislators' names will appear under the “Speak to Bill” list or the "Speak to Amendment” list on the Presiding Officer's monitor in the order in which the request was made. This greatly improves the efficiency of the legislative process in allowing the Presiding Officer to  recognize first the members wishing to speak to the amendment before speaking on the bill.

For more information about IRC’s Request to Speak system, click here .


 

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