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The Right of Freedom of Religion or Freedom from Discrimination?

07.15.16

Religious freedom vs. anti discrimination is a tug of war that has engulfed our lives through social movements and the media since the 1960s beginning with feminism, racism and gay rights. Since then, there have been countless moves forward in an attempt to understand where the line lies between giving people their religious freedom and protecting different classes of people from …
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Where Did My Archived Bill Sheet Go?

07.13.16

Last year we added the ability to archive bill sheets. This feature is available on the manage tab and lets you freeze a bill sheet, so no bills get added or removed automatically. You might want to freeze a bill sheet if you’d like to keep a record of your old bills and comments as …
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BillTrack50 API 2.0 for Retrieving Your Bills and Comments and Scores

07.07.16

I’m sure you love our maps and widgets, stakeholder pages and scorecards as much as we do. But perhaps you’d like to build your own custom display, especially of scorecard data. We’re happy to announce with our new API 2.0. In addition to our web application, BillTrack50 allows remote access to data to subscribing members through …
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New Vote Breakdown Political Eye Candy

07.06.16

Wouldn’t it be great to have a snazzy graphic for each and every vote a state legislature takes, so you can quickly assess what’s just gone down? Well dream no more! We have added a new vote summary graphic to our vote detail window. Here’s how it works. When you look a bill on BillTrack50 …
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Wanted: A Pulse and a Pell

07.06.16

“A Pulse and a Pell” is the goal of Education Management Corporation (or EDMC) according to attorney Harry Litman. For those of you who don’t know, “a Pell” refers to the Pell Grant scholarship from the federal government given to many citizens to pay for part of college. For-Profit colleges have been experiencing a massive wave …
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The War on Drugs: America’s Number One Public Enemy.

06.24.16

Of all of the initiatives in history, few have been analyzed and criticized as much as the war on drugs. Throughout history, motives, means and viability of this “war” have been called into question as to the true value of this war for citizens of the United States and the world. Policy has changed throughout …
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Living Wage or Minimum Wage? Profits or People?

06.14.16

Minimum wage has been a topic gaining traction over the last several years, with campaigns like the Fight for $15 helping create awareness. Proponents of raising the minimum wage say it needs to be a livable wage (a wage high enough to maintain a normal standard of living), which many of the current minimum wages are not. …
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New Custom Column Functionality – More, More, and Better

06.12.16

When reviewing a bill, you may find you’d like to make some notes for yourself, or add some comments you’d like to share with others. BillTrack50 allows you to make both private and public comments on your bill sheets by adding columns via our template manager. Based on customer comments and requests, we’ve just expanded this functionality substantially. …
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Time Outlasting Crimes? Is Felony Disenfranchisement Fair?

06.03.16

We all know the classic saying “you do the crime, you do the time”, but what happens when you do your time and continue paying for the crime the rest of your life? Many states throughout the US have rules and regulations pertaining to many different aspects of “normal” life that impact convicted felons’ abilities …
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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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