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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Exciting New Columns Available for your Bill Sheet

October 13, 2017 Company News, How To, Tips and Tricks

As you hopefully know, we have lots of great columns for you to pick and choose from so you can show the exact information you need in your bill sheet. To see what’s available simply go to the Manage Bill Templates option in the account menu, and edit one of your templates. If you haven’t …
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Legislative Trends in Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping

October 11, 2017 Sex & Drugs, Soapbox

  This is a guest post by Michael Jacobs, details in Author section below At this time, 29 states have enacted legislation concerning the legalization of either medical or recreational marijuana. With so many states enacting legislation, methods of ingesting cannabis that were previously left only to connoisseurs have become more popular among every-day consumers. …
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Bail Reform

October 6, 2017 Civil Rights, Social Issues

Bail. Bail is something many of us are only familiar with via TV crime dramas. Our lack of understanding of what bail really means makes bail reform even more difficult for us to wrap our minds around. What is the issue with bail, why does it need reform? Some people currently in jail because they …
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Slice of Life – September 2017

September 29, 2017 Slices of Life

September has been a month full of social movements and fights, similar to every month so far in 2017. From Trump rescinding DACA ,to a revival of the attempt to repeal and replace the ACA, to marijuana to conviction’s record,s to minimum wage, to capital gains and startups – it has been one heck of …
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The Costs of Retail Civil Demand & Restorative Justice

September 25, 2017 In the News, Social Issues

Whether it’s a pack of gum or a 60 inch plasma TV, you can be charged with a crime for stealing from a store — “retail theft”. Stealing items worth a lot can, and usually will, result in a felony. Taking items worth lesser amounts can be charged as misdemeanors, or you could be given …
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‘Boys will be Boys’ is not a ‘Many Sides’ Issue.

September 19, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Sex & Drugs, Social Issues

Betsy DeVos has been making many headlines during her time as Secretary of Education, but she has been especially prominent in the news this September. This post examines, in particular, her recent moves to overhaul how Title IX rules are applied to campus sexual assault cases and plan to open a forum for how the …
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Scorecard Improvements 2017

September 15, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

As usual, we’ve been hard at work on improvements over the summer. The post is a quick list of all of the new features you might want to check out. First and foremost, we’ve finally gotten our issue solved regarding legislators that are out of office. So your scorecards from past years should now have …
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Quick Update on Anti-Protestor Legislation

September 14, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Social Issues

We’ve been talking about anti-protestor legislation since it took over after the Standing Rock protests last year. We covered issues surrounding protesting with Protesting: Sparking Change or Putting Yourself in Danger? when protests started taking this country by storm during Standing Rock and after. Anti-protestor legislation then followed throughout the nation and had a light re-shined …
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