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

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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HR 2029 the Omnibus Spending Bill of 2015 – a short rant

12.19.15

So, you’re curious what is in the spending bill passed Friday and likely to be signed this weekend? You’d like to maybe browse it for yourself? A totally reasonable request. That bill, especially, should be super easy to find, with links plastered all over the internet. But, at least as far as I can find, …
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Creating a Stakeholder Page

12.16.15

If you would like to share some or all of your bill sheet, either publicly on your website or privately protected by a password, then you want to create a stakeholder page. Stakeholder pages are quick and easy to create, come included with your subscription, and are kept up to date automatically. No wonder you want one! …
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Quick look at Legislator Gender Statistics

12.02.15

The men and women that represent us, how many are there? Specifically, how many men vs how many women? Across the states, territories, DC, and Congress, there are just over 6000 men representing us and just under 2000 women. If you factor in party affiliation, the pie chart looks like this: And here’s the breakdown by …
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Search for Legislators by Name

12.01.15

In addition to searching for bills by topic or by number, we’ve added a new kind of search; searching for legislators by name. This new search works much like the bill search. To get started, log in to BillTrack50, or register  for free if you don’t have an account yet.  Then simply type the legislators last …
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Video as Citizen Activism – Guest Post from Ildar Khakimov

11.27.15

There has always been a fine balance between the need to know and privacy. On one hand we have regions that passed legislation forcing police officers to wear body cameras and as a result saw a significant decrease in police brutality complaints. On the other hand violations of privacy such as the publishing of data …
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New Feature Tour – Nov and Dec Webinars – schedule and links

11.18.15

BillTrack50 New Features Tour 1 & 2 & 3 Nov 23, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST Dec 03, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST Dec 08, 2015 at 9:00 AM EST (all webinars will cover the same material) Register now! We will take a quick tour of the biggest new features that were added to BillTrack50 in …
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Regulation Tracking improvements

11.17.15

We’ve been working to improve our tool for tracking proposed regulations. First, we’ve added an “x” button to remove regulations you decide aren’t relevant to you. This function works much like it does for bill sheets; simply x out the lines in your regulation sheet you don’t need We’ve also added a map button so …
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New Feature – Color Code your Widgets

10.17.15

We’ve always offered bill widgets for you to add to your webpages and blog posts to help keep your readers informed with up to date legislation information. Now we’ve added a way for you to color code your widgets to share which bills you support and which you oppose. You may recall we recently added …
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Is the Sex Offender Registry Effective? Guest post from Sonia Van den Broek

10.16.15

This is a follow up post from Sonia Van den Broek. See her original post Looking Myself up on the Registry here.   In the previous blog post, I alluded to the value of the sex offender registry. The best way to understand this value, I believe, is by answering the question “Is the registry effective?” Anything …
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New feature: companion bills

10.05.15

In some states and in Congress identical versions of a bill can be introduced in the House and Senate simultaneously. The version will each have their own unique number, but if they both pass without revision, the bill passes without either version having to cross over and get voted on in other chamber. Likewise, if …
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New Feature: Bill Hearing Schedule

09.23.15

We are pleased to announce our last big improvement from the summer months: bill hearing schedules. You can now see if any of your important bills have a hearing coming up in one convenient place, our new Event Schedule tab. (Note: the Event Schedule tab will only appear if you have set up events to …
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New, Free Legislative Mapping Tool for Journalists Tracks Legislation Across Country, Providing a Visual Graphic to Share with Audiences.

08.28.15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New, Free Legislative Mapping Tool for Journalists Tracks Legislation Across Country, Providing a Visual Graphic to Share with Audiences. DENVER, CO – LegiNation, the creators of BillTrack50, an online Federal and State legislative and regulatory tracking service known for innovative sharing tools, has introduced a new, free legislative mapping feature especially designed …
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Make your own political eye candy with BillMap50

08.26.15

Have we got a treat for you! Eye candy for all! We are thrilled to announce BillMap50, a great new tool where you can create a heat map of how many bills each state has on any given topic. You can then make graphics to share on social media or embed in web pages or …
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Making a Scorecard from your Bill Sheet – New Feature

08.23.15

Our scorecards are a popular way to see which legislators support your agenda and which oppose it. Now you can create a new scorecard based on one of your bill sheets. The process is very easy; now when you start a new scorecard you’ll be able to simply choose a bill sheet to copy bills …
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Looking Myself Up on the Registry – guest post from Sonia Van den Broek

08.15.15

This is a guest post from Sonia Van den Broek, sharing a personal take on sex offender registries, a topic we have covered a couple of times. Looking Myself Up on the Registry Yesterday, for the first time, I pulled up my state’s sex offender registry. The number of purple four-sided shapes is astounding. The shapes …
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