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Karen Suhaka

About: Karen Suhaka

I founded LegiNation, Inc. 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 websites to spark a renaissance in American politics, leveraging the internet to create the dialog so desperately needed amongst our elected officials, legislative professionals, and everyday citizens. This blog is an extension of those efforts.

New Search Capability and more than you ever wanted to know about Sessions

October 20, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

As the falling leaves outside my window are whispering to me, time marches on. This year will soon be last year, and next year will be this year bringing a new parade of bills. If you know what I mean. We’ve always let you search historical bills on BillTrack50, but it was an all or nothing …
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Exciting New Columns Available for your Bill Sheet

October 13, 2017 Company News, How To, Tips and Tricks

As you hopefully know, we have lots of great columns for you to pick and choose from so you can show the exact information you need in your bill sheet. To see what’s available simply go to the Manage Bill Templates option in the account menu, and edit one of your templates. If you haven’t …
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Legislative Trends in Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

October 11, 2017 Sex & Drugs, Soapbox

  This is a guest post by Michael Jacobs, details in Author section below At this time, 29 states have enacted legislation concerning the legalization of either medical or recreational marijuana. With so many states enacting legislation, methods of ingesting cannabis that were previously left only to connoisseurs have become more popular among every-day consumers. …
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Scorecard Improvements 2017

September 15, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

As usual, we’ve been hard at work on improvements over the summer. The post is a quick list of all of the new features you might want to check out. First and foremost, we’ve finally gotten our issue solved regarding legislators that are out of office. So your scorecards from past years should now have …
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Sharing Important Bills: Examples for Inspiration

September 5, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

We created our bill list widget, map widget, stakeholder page, scorecard, and API hoping they would prove a useful way for people to share important legislation with their members or with the public. We have been delighted with the creative, effective, and even beautiful uses our customers have devised for using our tools. Some examples …
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Using Keywords to Expand or Refine Your Search

August 22, 2017 How To

One of my favorite features of BillTrack50 is our Keyword column. This column contains the most important words from the bill, as interpreted by IBM Watson. Although these results aren’t completely perfect, as they’ll often list state names or other information you already know, they do often reveal very helpful information which can assist you …
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How Colorado Motorcyclists Can Be More Focused, Less Distracted Riders

August 20, 2017 Soapbox

This is a guest post from Mark Conner of DriveSafely.info Photo Credit: Pixabay.com   Like in many parts of the country, distracted driving is an epidemic that leads to a shocking amount of road injuries and deaths in Colorado. Around 13% of all highway deaths last year in Colorado had distracted driving play a role. …
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BillTrack50 Basics: Seeing How Legislators Voted

July 29, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

Seeing how legislators overall, and individually, is easy on BillTrack50. After you have found the bill you are interested in and clicked on it, you’ll be looking a the bill detail page. The first thing you see is the summary information, which is a great place to start. But notice the other tabs; there is …
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