About: Karen Suhaka

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.

Author Archives: Karen Suhaka

Structuring a Bill for Maximum Engagement

08.23.16

I encountered Michigan’s HB 5366  when I was researching a post on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). This bill is a moratorium on new fracking permits for high volume fracking until several issues are resolved around water, the public’s right to know, setbacks, and related issues. The individual issues that need to be solved are broken out …
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How Collaborative Is Your State?

08.19.16

For a state to create a new law, a bill proposing the idea must be introduced by a legislator. The idea may or may not have originated with that particular legislator, but the legislator will need to officially “sponsor” it. A bill can have just one sponsor, or multiple sponsors. Intuitively you would expect more sponsors would …
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State Gun Legislation and School Shootings

08.05.16

This is a guest post from Jacqueline Higgins with MSW@USC After a tragic shooting at UCLA left both a professor and the gunman dead this past June, national attention has once again turned to the issue of gun control on school campuses. Though President Obama led a major legislative push to prevent gun violence in schools …
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Where Did My Archived Bill Sheet Go?

07.13.16

Last year we added the ability to archive bill sheets. This feature is available on the manage tab and lets you freeze a bill sheet, so no bills get added or removed automatically. You might want to freeze a bill sheet if you’d like to keep a record of your old bills and comments as …
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BillTrack50 API 2.0 for Retrieving Your Bills and Comments and Scores

07.07.16

I’m sure you love our maps and widgets, stakeholder pages and scorecards as much as we do. But perhaps you’d like to build your own custom display, especially of scorecard data. We’re happy to announce with our new API 2.0. In addition to our web application, BillTrack50 allows remote access to data to subscribing members through …
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New Vote Breakdown Political Eye Candy

07.06.16

Wouldn’t it be great to have a snazzy graphic for each and every vote a state legislature takes, so you can quickly assess what’s just gone down? Well dream no more! We have added a new vote summary graphic to our vote detail window. Here’s how it works. When you look a bill on BillTrack50 …
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New Custom Column Functionality – More, More, and Better

06.12.16

When reviewing a bill, you may find you’d like to make some notes for yourself, or add some comments you’d like to share with others. BillTrack50 allows you to make both private and public comments on your bill sheets by adding columns via our template manager. Based on customer comments and requests, we’ve just expanded this functionality substantially. …
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Oil and Gas Legislation in 2016

05.09.16

Introduction and Background Fossil fuel is an ever more contentious topic. Changing technology has revolutionized production, but at what cost to our health and environment? The states must find a way to balance the risks and rewards of oil and gas development in general, and hydraulic fracturing in particular. This blog post will look at …
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Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation 2016

05.09.16

Introduction This blog post will look at bills having to do with hydraulic fracturing introduced in the current or most recent sessions and consider the challenges the states have in trying to balance the benefits and risks of oil and gas development.  But first I’ll cover a little bit of background about the oil industry to …
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Keep your statehouse accountable – Legislator Scorecard Webinar on demand

04.25.16

BillTrack50 allows you to rate bills important to you, and then we add up how everyone voted to show you which legislators are helping or hurting your cause. You can keep the information private, or make it public, depending on your goals. Scorecards are easy to create, and we keep them automatically updated for you. …
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Topics of Interest, 2016 edition

03.26.16

We have had about 200k visitors so far in 2016, and they’ve come looking for a wide variety topics, bills, and legislators. We here at Political Eye Candy like to take an occasional look at what people are looking for and share it with you. This time we even have a little twist for you. First, …
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HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION TRACKING SOFTWARE MAKES KEEPING CURRENT QUICK AND EASY

02.29.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Emily Welch emily@interlinegroup.com 847-358-6884 HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION TRACKING SOFTWARE MAKES KEEPING CURRENT QUICK AND EASY Palatine, IL – Healthcare professionals finding themselves drowning in ongoing, changing legislation that affects their facilities and jobs can now stay current with an easy-to-use legislation software tool. Called BillTrack50, the software tool is represented by …
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MAPPING TOOL MAKES IT EASY FOR NEWS ORGANIZATIONS TO VISUALLY SHOW STATE LEGISLATIVE BILLS IN REAL TIME

02.12.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Emily Welch emily@interlinegroup.com 847-358-6884 MAPPING TOOL MAKES IT EASY FOR NEWS ORGANIZATIONS TO VISUALLY SHOW STATE LEGISLATIVE BILLS IN REAL TIME Palatine, IL — A free mapping tool for news organizations enables reporters to quickly and visually show legislation at the state level for issues important to the communities they …
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Marketing Representatives LLC to Represent BillTrack50, the New Standard for Tracking Legislation

02.11.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Emily Welch emily@interlinegroup.com 847-358-6884 Marketing Representatives LLC to Represent BillTrack50, the New Standard for Tracking Legislation Palatine, IL — Marketing Representatives LLC (MRL) is proud to represent BillTrack50, the online tool for individuals and organizations to monitor and track state legislation. This powerful platform is a must for those who …
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Join Us for BillTrack50 Advanced Features Webinar – Be A Power User!

02.10.16

This half hour webinar will walk you through all the little buttons and check boxes you haven’t noticed to help you get the most from your BillTrack50 subscription. We will cover, among other things, advanced query techniques, the copy columns feature, combining bill sheets, fine tuning your templates, advanced scorecard options, and user management. This …
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Lots of little things for 2016

02.05.16

We here at BilTrack50 love hearing ideas and feedback from our customers. Based on your ideas we build things like our snazzy new map widget. But there’s also a lot of little improvements we are constantly making to the site. This blog post is a round up of the smaller improvements we added so far …
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BillTrack50 Pro Basics Webinar on demand

02.05.16

In December 2015 and January 2016 we held a series of webinars walking through all of the BillTrack50 Pro features. This webinar is good for you if you are a customer coming back after the off session and you need a reminder of how to use our tools, or if you are considering a BillTrack50 …
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New Map Widget

01.13.16

Tracking bills across the country? Want to give people a way to see how many bills there are about your subject, in what states? Care about engaging your members and informing them about the national landscape? Our new map widget feature is just what you’ve been waiting for. Check out this example about distracted driving …
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Check out our Jan 2016 webinar schedule – BillTrack50 Pro basics

01.12.16

These interactive, half hour webinars are designed to introduce you to BillTrack50’s paid tools. Each webinar will cover the same material, so just choose the one most convenient to your schedule. The schedule is as follows: Thu, Jan 21, 2016 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM EST (click to register) Tue, Jan 26, 2016 2:00 PM …
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New Feature Webinar on demand

12.22.15

We’ve posted a recording of our new feature tour showing the new tools we’ve added to BillTrack50 in 2015. Here are the topics we covered, in this order, to help you find what you’d like to see, linked to blog posts for more detail in case you need it: Quick multi user review Position column …
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