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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 Bill Management Tool (don’t just plus, manage!)

March 13, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

If you have several bill sheets covering related topics, you might find the same bills popping up on multiple sheets. You may well want your bill sheets to overlap; if you manage several clients with related areas of interest, for example, or if you have a “hot list” of bills specifically to share on your website. …
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Using Templates for Bill Sheets and Regulation Sheets

February 28, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

The columns in your bill sheets and regulation sheets are controlled by the template you chose to use for that sheet. You start with our default settings, but you can create as many different templates as you need for how you want to work with your data, and share your data. You can also create …
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One Father’s Fight – Guest Post by Luwana Faulkenburg

February 26, 2017 Random Awesomeness, Soapbox

This story comes to me from Luwana, about 2015 Nevada Assembly Bill 263. revising provisions governing the custody and support of children. In particular the bill’s stated purpose was: The Legislature declares that it is the policy of this State: To ensure that minor children have frequent associations and a continuing relationship with both parents after …
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So You Want To Take Action?

January 29, 2017 Gov and Political Process, How To, Legislative Process, Tips and Tricks

If you are interested in getting involved with the political process, but don’t know where to start, here’s some basic information you might find helpful. We will walk through the basic steps a bill goes through to give you some background, talk about how bills are numbered to help you figure who to call, when …
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2016 Wrap-up, Political Eye Candy Style

December 20, 2016 Eye Candy

It’s the time of year that I like to look back at the year that just finished. The special session in North Carolina that saw 30 bills introduced in the waning days of 2016 could be considered the cherry on top what can safely be called a very surprising year in American politics. We here at BillTrack50 were busier than ever, …
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Sharing Important Bills: Examples for Inspiration

November 25, 2016 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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BillTrack50 Webinar Schedule for Nov 2016 – Jan 2017

November 22, 2016 Company News, Tips and Tricks

We have a pretty aggressive webinar schedule for the end of the year. Please sign up if any of these would be helpful to you: New User Orientation https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6152391359334097924 (10:00 am EST Dec 14 or 3:00 pm EST Dec 21 or 10:00 am EST Jan 19) (On demand video) Existing Users: Getting Your Account Ready …
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Getting Ready for 2017 — Checklist

November 18, 2016 How To, Tips and Tricks

It’s that time of year again. Time for sessions to get rolling. Time to start thinking about bills again. We have a few tips for getting your BillTrack50 account cleaned up and ready for the new year. There are also several new features we added over the summer that you should check out. If you …
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