Please start including bill numbers in your coverage of legislation. If you did that, then Richmond Sunlight would promote your coverage of that bill, prominently, on that bill’s page, as well as on pages about related bills. Media coverage is the only major component of the information ecosystem that simply can’t be incorporated into this legislative data structure, because the lack of bill numbers makes it impossible to know programmatically what bill that an article is about. For bonus points, you could include a listing of bill numbers within the article as Dublin Core metadata at the head of the HTML, which would make the task easier still.
Also, of course, then citizens can look up the bill and learn more about it. Without that, your average citizen is probably out of luck. Writing about a bill without giving the number is like writing about a great new restaurant without bothering to mention its name.
I understand that this isn’t likely to happen with this session, but it sure would be great if it could happen by next year. Need some help? Have your programmer get in touch with me and I’m glad to take some time to talk this through.