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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Adoption Law and Religious Freedom.

May 24, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Social Issues

Adoption is an incredibly time and resource intensive process. From finding adoption agencies, to filling out the massive amounts of paperwork, to extreme vetting to ensure children go to a safe home, to homestudies, to pre and post placement, it can take couples anywhere between two and seven years to adopt a child in the …
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Update on the Voting Rights Act

May 17, 2017 Gov and Political Process, In the News, Voting

Voting rights have been taking the news cycles by storm due to Trump’s establishment of a “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity”. If you are looking for a more in-depth post about the history of the voting rights please read this post and for information on the “National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC)” please read this …
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9 Unbelievably Great BillTrack50 Tips for Bloggers and Journalists

May 14, 2017 Company News, Tips and Tricks

At BillTrack50 our mission is to make it as easy as possible for people to find and share information about legislation. If you find yourself trying to track down specific bills, or wanting to look at trends across states or across time, we want to help. BillTrack50 is a great tool for researching current legislation …
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Slice of Life April 2017

May 2, 2017 Slices of Life

With many states coming to the end of their sessions in April or early May, there has been lots of legislative activity in the states, and lots of traffic from concerned citizens to a wide variety of bills on BillTrack50. Trending bills in April ran the gamut  from nuclear strike protocol to shipping alcohol, and from to …
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U.S. Nuclear First Strike Policy; Be Afraid

April 27, 2017 In the News

Most of us Americans were not around when the nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945; but their presence is still felt and acknowledged in the US and across the world today. Every year, stories about limiting a country’s access to nuclear weapons, threats of nuclear attacks or continuing repercussions from the nuclear bombs in …
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America’s Backed Up – Rape Kits

April 18, 2017 In the News, Sex & Drugs, Social Issues

Every 98 seconds. Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Out of every 1,000 rapes – 310 are reported to police, 57 of those reports lead to an arrest, 11 of those cases are referred to prosecutors, 7 cases will lead to a felony conviction and 6 rapists will be incarcerated. A major influencing factor on whether …
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Great! I made a scorecard! It’s really cool! Now what do the different scores actually mean?

April 6, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

Our scorecards include both a total score column and a vote index column. You can click on any column to sort by that column. You can use the filter to look at one chamber, one party, or even one specific legislator. If you have set up categories you can see scores calculated for any specific …
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Lawmakers Must Push to Protect the Hidden Victims of Human Trafficking – A guest Post from Colleen O’Day

April 6, 2017 Soapbox, Social Issues

Colleen supports community outreach for 2U Inc’s social work, mental health, and speech pathology programs. For many residents of the United States, a discussion on human trafficking conjures up images of victims in South Asia and Central Europe, which truthfully wouldn’t be out of place. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region currently has the largest number …
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