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

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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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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