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Prostitution – Good Fun or Modern Day Slavery?

05.17.16

Prostitution is often referred to as a victimless crime, which makes legalizing it sound perfectly reasonable. But you can’t discuss prostitution without acknowledging its relationship to human trafficking, which is a worldwide epidemic. During the last two years, 14,226 victims have been rescued from trafficking and sexual exploitation for prostitution. Throughout the world, countries are coming together …
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The driverless future, coming soon to a car near you.

05.13.16

Self-driving cars are often associated with futuristic movies like iRobot, the Minority Report, Total Recall and Demolition Man. Recently, the reality of having autonomous vehicles on our roads has become more and more feasible with research and implementation like Google’s self-driving car project. Since the beginning of 2012, 17 states and the District of Columbia have …
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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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Liability of Lead

05.03.16

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems which can severely affect mental and physical development. At higher levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. Despite public opinion, the most common source of lead poisoning is not …
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The Statute of Silence

04.26.16

The general purpose of a statue of limitations is to ensure convictions are based upon evidence that has not deteriorated. With time, some memories become weaker and less reliable, physical evidence is destroyed or lost, and witnesses move or die. After the time period of the statute has run out, a criminal is essentially free. I’d like to focus on statutes of …
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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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Let People Pee.

04.16.16

Transgender. Transgender is defined as denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender. Recently, bills targeting transgender people have been making their way to state governments. Many people view these new bills being introduced as further isolating and stigmatizing the transgender population. Proponents …
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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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Legislators Use Erectile Disfunction Meds to Make a Statement

03.08.16

Legislators from several states are trying to counter the recent legislation that they believe negatively impact women’s health decisions. And they have done it with some attention-grabbing legislation of their own. Four states are currently considering legislation that would regulate erectile dysfunction (ED) medication. Legislators in Iowa, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. These legislators are …
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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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Citizen Advocacy: How to Take Action on Executive Actions

01.13.16

While BillTrack50 was developed to help corporations, associations, non-profits and advocacy professionals monitor and track federal and state legislation and regulations, many regular people use the free research tool every day to look up legislation on topics that are important to them. We often get questions from those people about legislation process or how to …
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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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