Getting Started with BillTrack50

September 24, 2016 How To, Tips and Tricks

BillTrack50.com is a website for researching and sharing state and federal legislation. You can search for relevant bills, share them in various ways, and set up alerts to find out when new bills of interest are introduced. Searching and reading bills is free; saving searches and setting up alerts requires a subscription. Setting up your …
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How America is Winning

July 21, 2017 In the News, Politics

There is so much talk in politics lately about who is “winning”. What side, what people and what issue is currently “winning” has been covered and covered and covered by the media. But let’s talk about some issues where America is winning, not a political party or agenda. Implementing renewable energy regulations and laws despite …
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What the Heck is Going on with Healthcare?

July 13, 2017 Health Care, In the News, Social Issues

Healthcare. We are all pretty sick of only hearing about tweets, Russia and healthcare reform in the news. What is the deal with the reform and in what ways can it impact us? If the current repeal and replace efforts fail, what are the alternatives? What exactly is the single payer system? Universal healthcare? Medicaid …
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The Battle for the Net — Day of Action July 12

July 7, 2017 Internet & Tech

BillTrack50 stands with Fight for the Future and so many others to protect our free and open Internet On July 12, 2017, websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Learn how you can join the protest and spread the word at https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12/. …
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Slice of Life June 2017

July 6, 2017 Slices of Life

June was quite the interesting month with political movements, supreme court rulings, case outcomes and legislation. The range of bill topics this month is wide; from new firearm regulations to drones to police body cams to the continuing battle for protections for transgender students, state legislation has certainly reflected the wide variety of political happenings …
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Sex Offenders, Social Media and Freedom of Speech

June 28, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Internet & Tech, Social Issues

On June 19th, 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that restricting sex offenders access to social media platforms children have access to was unconstitutional. Some organizations throughout the country are fighting to lessen restrictions on sex offenders because many of the restrictions make it difficult for them to continue to live their lives normally after they …
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Police Consent Decrees 101

June 28, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Politics

You may have been seeing in the news that The Department of Justice, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, wants a comprehensive review of the consent decrees the DoJ has made with police departments across the United States. This blog is usually devoted to current legislation, so this post will be a bit of a departure, as …
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The Continual Conflict

June 22, 2017 In the News, Politics

Conflicts of interest have been making their way into the public eye even more so than usual for the last year due to the uniqueness of the last presidential election. Throughout the election, every group attempted to shine a light on conflicts of interests on all sides. Since Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” what has been …
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When ‘Pro Life’ Bills Go Too Far.

June 12, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Soapbox, Social Issues

Many bills recently proposed simply go way too far when it comes to women’s rights and decisions. I think the people (mostly men) who are writing these bills often forget bills limiting women’s rights and options when it comes to their bodies are not “abortion crusaders” but restricting access and forcing a completely unfair narrative on people without knowing …
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