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A History of Transparency
Open States is a collection of tools aggregating legislative data from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Previously a project of the Sunlight Foundation from 2009-2016, when Sunlight terminated their Sunlight Labs initiatives, Open Media Foundation followed the process closely due to the overlap and integration we have built between Open States and our Open.Media Initiative. Since then, Open Media Foundation has been working tirelessly to integrate Open State’s detailed voting history with our government video archiving, transcription, and sharing tools (see a prototype of this integration here). In October of 2016, the Sunlight Foundation handed the project to a group of volunteers and former Sunlight staffers. This group operated as an independently-run project headed by James Turk. Two months later, this new team signed a fiscal sponsorship agreement to bring the project under the 501(C)(3) backing of the Open Media Foundation.