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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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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New Bill Management Tool (don’t just plus, manage!)

March 13, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

If you have several bill sheets covering related topics, you might find the same bills popping up on multiple sheets. You may well want your bill sheets to overlap; if you manage several clients with related areas of interest, for example, or if you have a “hot list” of bills specifically to share on your website. …
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Using Templates for Bill Sheets and Regulation Sheets

February 28, 2017 How To, Tips and Tricks

The columns in your bill sheets and regulation sheets are controlled by the template you chose to use for that sheet. You start with our default settings, but you can create as many different templates as you need for how you want to work with your data, and share your data. You can also create …
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A Slice of Life, February 2017

February 28, 2017 Company News, Slices of Life

February has been an interesting month with legislation. I’ve been seeing many more bills having to do with the current political climate and President Donald Trump’s actions. Some of these pertain to the immigration order Trump signed, the increased number of protests since the Trump presidency, issues raised about possible conflicts of interest for the …
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Internet Filtering – Protection or Suppression?

February 27, 2017 Civil Rights, In the News, Internet & Tech, Social Issues

Internet filtering, or content-control software, is designed to restrict or control the content users are allowed to access. This is primarily used to regulate material delivered over the Internet via the Web, e-mail, or other online means. Many places use filtering like this to restrict workers from checking their Facebook while on the clock, but there has …
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One Father’s Fight – Guest Post by Luwana Faulkenburg

February 26, 2017 Random Awesomeness, Soapbox

This story comes to me from Luwana, about 2015 Nevada Assembly Bill 263. revising provisions governing the custody and support of children. In particular the bill’s stated purpose was: The Legislature declares that it is the policy of this State: To ensure that minor children have frequent associations and a continuing relationship with both parents after …
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Health Insurance Trends, 2017

February 13, 2017 Health Care, In the News, Politics, Social Issues

We asked friend of the company Louise Norris from Colorado Health Insurance Insider what she thinks some of the major changes in Health Insurance laws will be in 2017. Below are her thoughts along with my further research and example legislation to support each of her points. Medicaid Waivers We could see increased legislation calling for more creative Medicaid …
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The Arkansas Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act and Other Abortion Bills

February 7, 2017 Civil Rights, Health Care, In the News, Politics, Social Issues

With the campaign promises coming into full swing during President Trump’s time in the oval office, it is not surprising that many bills having to do with access to and procedures for abortion have been introduced in state sessions all over the US. There are a few bills that have been getting immense amounts of …
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