Legislators lose their website on budget day

March 11, 2009 8:51:36 AM PDT
Rhode Island's legislative branch suffered a Web site meltdown just as Gov. Don Carcieri prepared to release his budget for the state's sinking economy. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

The site for the General Assembly crashed Monday afternoon and isn't expected to be back online before late Wednesday.

House spokesman Larry Berman tells The Providence Journal the timing of the tech meltdown "couldn't have been worse" as legislators prepared to review the Republican governor's budget Tuesday.

The culprit: a hardware failure requiring a replacement part to be shipped from Colorado.

Assembly members use the Web site to read legislative calendars and bills. Until the new part is installed, they'll have to use paper printouts.

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