Free Access to State Legislative Information Paves Way for Political Action
BillTrack50 opens the door for increased government transparency and more informed voters
San Francisco – April 3, 2012 - From the NonProfit Technology Conference 2012,
LegiNation, today announced open access to the BillTrack50 database of state bills to help individuals find
relevant legislation across states, get informed and take action regarding new and proposed laws that impact their
personal freedoms, interests and daily life.
Recent efforts such as the Occupy movement and proposed federal legislation such as the Protect
Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) have captured the attention of the
media and served to mobilize individuals who might not normally follow politics. In a Presidential
election year with a significant number of new bills and issues, voters and special interest groups
have an increased need to stay informed of new legislation and make decisions about candidates.
Adriel Hampton is founder of Government 2.0 Radio, an outspoken advocate for government
transparency and sits on the board of Denver-based LegiNation. He says it is often possible to spot
legislative trends by looking across state bills and then take appropriate action to block or support
similar legislation in your state.
“It’s always important that people have the best possible access to information for legislation that
affects them and it’s especially important in an election year and congressional cycle with more
legislation being introduced. You can see how the recent spate of voter ID laws has spread from
state to state. Whether it is hydro-fracking, significant budget changes or a simple traffic law change
on the line, being able to access information in a centralized, easily searchable location and look at
trends across states is more important than ever,” Mr. Hampton said.
Visitors to BillTrack50 have access to an unlimited
number of state by state searches on keywords to find bills on topics that are important to them. BillTrack50
searches the full text of the bills not just the headline or bill’s title making it significantly easier to
discover relevant legislation that can be hidden within seemingly unrelated bills. Bills can then be reviewed
in full and shared with others via email, Twitter, a Web site or blog by a permanent link. Users can then
review the bill and find the contact information for sponsors, cosponsors and other legislators to
take further action.
Karen Suhaka, president of LegiNation , says responses such as that to the Susan G. Komen
controversy show how political or issue-based advocacy has the power to impact government and
businesses. While federal action can be a lengthy process, response at the state level legislation can
have a more direct and immediate impact.
“The time for voters to be informed and act on state legislation is now – this is the year for
participation. Recent events have damaged the American public’s trust and people are realizing that
they must help keep organizations accountable. By staying informed, they can participate in political
process, have a meaningful dialogue and act to ensure the issues important to them are addressed."
For free access to bills across the 50 states please visit BillTrack50
LegiNation, Inc. was founded with the goal of making state level legislation more readily available
to the professionals who need it, and even more importantly to the public at large. We are building
products and Web sites to spark a renaissance in American politics, leveraging the Internet to
create the dialog so desperately needed amongst our elected officials, legislative professionals, and