The Connected Government Act has been unanimously approved by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to a House Energy & Commerce Commmittee staffers.
The bill, spearheaded by House E&C ranking member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), requires that all new federal government agency Web sites be designed for ease of mobile viewing.
That in turn is meant to send a signal to state governments to do the same.
"Mobile friendly websites will ultimately help build a stronger democracy," Pallone and Kelly blogged early Wednesday (Sept. 13) of the then-impending committee vote.
Citing the recent spate of hurricanes, floods and fires, they said: "In the wake of these recent disasters, we need to ensure that anyone looking for assistance from a federal agency can get the information they need through their mobile device."
A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate.