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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‘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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Training in Trafficking: The New World of Human Trafficking Prevention

September 11, 2017 In the News, Sex & Drugs, Social Issues

Many of us may remember the story that made rounds during the Super Bowl in 2017 when a flight attendant saved a young woman from human trafficking by spotting signs and recognizing she needed help. An increase in training professionals to spot signs and how to rescue victims is becoming a necessity in many different …
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Hey BillTrack50 users – It’s super easy to pop in your widgets in Hoop.la.

September 6, 2017 How To

We’ve noticed that quite a few of our awesome users and customers use Hoop.la and we wanted to make sure you all know how easy it is to install one of our interactive widgets onto your site! Check out the instructions and graphics below for a comprehensive guide to get a widget up on your site and …
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Sharing Important Bills: Examples for Inspiration

September 5, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

We created our bill list widget, map widget, stakeholder page, scorecard, and API hoping they would prove a useful way for people to share important legislation with their members or with the public. We have been delighted with the creative, effective, and even beautiful uses our customers have devised for using our tools. Some examples …
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Slice of Life – August 2017

August 31, 2017 Slices of Life

August has been the most explosive month yet. From tensions running high with North Korea to the transgender military ban to Charlottesville to white house employees leaving to the first presidential pardon under Trump – it feels as though this month has had to have been at least six! The trending legislation this month reflects …
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Sessions versus Marijuana: What Are His Options?

August 31, 2017 In the News, Sex & Drugs, Social Issues

We as Americans are no strangers to the constant drama and developments surrounding the legalization of marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it clear where he stands on marijuana and the states that have legalized it over the last five years, yet states continue to move towards legalization. Where is this trend going? What …
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