The Utah Legislature has launched a newly redesigned website in anticipation of the 2018 general session.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature has launched a newly redesigned website in anticipation of the 2018 general session. The site, le.utah.gov, aims to help Utahns connect and interact with their legislators, learn about proposed and past legislation, and hear committee and floor debates.

With the growing use of smartphones and tablets, the new mobile-friendly site is more accessible to most users, officials said. According to a statement from the Utah House of Representatives, the features of the site include a cleaner aesthetic design, a more engaging user experience, and enhanced search and navigation functions. The new design also streamlines the site’s main menu.

“The redesign aims to simplify access to the Legislature, helping to improve communication and make information about the legislative process easily accessible to all,” Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, said in the statement. “A visually appealing and user-friendly legislative website is paramount to keeping legislators accountable to the people of Utah.”

In addition to the mobile-friendly design, the new site will help users identify who represents them, as well as who represents the area where they're located based on the current location of their device, an address lookup or a map.

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It also features a search tool that integrates formerly separate search functions into a single interface, allowing users to more easily find legislation, Utah code, budget information, audits and more.

"The purpose was not only to update the look of the site but also to make finding information easier and more convenient,” House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, said in the statement. “In a world where communication is increasingly digitized, we want to provide a convenient path to useful information on mobile platforms for Utahns.”