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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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 Uncategorized

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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The Era of the Activist Millennial.

April 5, 2017 Random Awesomeness, Soapbox

Activist and millennial, could I have put two more “cringe worthy” words together in a title? Probably not. But let’s not have any misconceptions about what this post is about; I’m writing about my journey and feelings around being an “activist millennial” in the dawn of the presidency of Donald Trump. Some Background For those …
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A Slice of Life March 2017

April 4, 2017 In the News, Slices of Life

In March, our trending bills reflected the current state of the US more than ever before. Ranging from implications with #MarchMadness to healthcare to the start-up trend to bathroom bills, the March slice of life truly mirrors the US news, social and policy movements. Without further ado, here’s our top 10 most read bills of the …
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Super Quick Way to Add a Bill to a Bill Sheet by Bill Number

March 31, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

If have a bill you already know about that you’d like to add to one of your bill sheets, the quick search screen is the fastest way to do it. First, type the bill number, like HB18 (with no space), into the search box all the way at the top of the screen. Second, click …
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Trampoline: Between Fun and Injuries — Guest Post from Larry Brown

March 26, 2017 Random Awesomeness, Soapbox

Trampoline: Between Fun and Injuries It is always fun to see kids being active, but some kids really bring activity to another level. In particular, many kids love jumping, so it is easy to understand the rising popularity of trampolines. Parents can buy a trampoline for the house and let the kids jump as they like. Seeing the potential …
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Sanctuary Cities

March 19, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Politics, Social Issues

What exactly is a “Sanctuary City”? Why are they all over the news now? How do they affect the political and economic climate in the United States? These are all common questions being asked by people due to the immigration debate coming into the forefront of American politics for the first time since the 1980s. The …
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