So You Want To Take Action?

01.29.17

If you are interested in getting involved with the political process, but don’t know where to start, here’s some basic information you might find helpful. We will walk through the basic steps a bill goes through to give you some background, talk about how bills are numbered to help you figure who to call, when …
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Sharing Important Bills: Examples for Inspiration

11.25.16

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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Getting Ready for 2017 — Checklist

11.18.16

It’s that time of year again. Time for sessions to get rolling. Time to start thinking about bills again. We have a few tips for getting your BillTrack50 account cleaned up and ready for the new year. There are also several new features we added over the summer that you should check out. If you …
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Getting Started with BillTrack50

09.24.16

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Creating a Stakeholder Page

12.16.15

If you would like to share some or all of your bill sheet, either publicly on your website or privately protected by a password, then you want to create a stakeholder page. Stakeholder pages are quick and easy to create, come included with your subscription, and are kept up to date automatically. No wonder you want one! …
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Search for Legislators by Name

12.01.15

In addition to searching for bills by topic or by number, we’ve added a new kind of search; searching for legislators by name. This new search works much like the bill search. To get started, log in to BillTrack50, or register  for free if you don’t have an account yet.  Then simply type the legislators last …
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Regulation Tracking improvements

11.17.15

We’ve been working to improve our tool for tracking proposed regulations. First, we’ve added an “x” button to remove regulations you decide aren’t relevant to you. This function works much like it does for bill sheets; simply x out the lines in your regulation sheet you don’t need We’ve also added a map button so …
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New Feature – Color Code your Widgets

10.17.15

We’ve always offered bill widgets for you to add to your webpages and blog posts to help keep your readers informed with up to date legislation information. Now we’ve added a way for you to color code your widgets to share which bills you support and which you oppose. You may recall we recently added …
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New feature: companion bills

10.05.15

In some states and in Congress identical versions of a bill can be introduced in the House and Senate simultaneously. The version will each have their own unique number, but if they both pass without revision, the bill passes without either version having to cross over and get voted on in other chamber. Likewise, if …
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New Feature: Bill Hearing Schedule

09.23.15

We are pleased to announce our last big improvement from the summer months: bill hearing schedules. You can now see if any of your important bills have a hearing coming up in one convenient place, our new Event Schedule tab. (Note: the Event Schedule tab will only appear if you have set up events to …
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Making a Scorecard from your Bill Sheet – New Feature

08.23.15

Our scorecards are a popular way to see which legislators support your agenda and which oppose it. Now you can create a new scorecard based on one of your bill sheets. The process is very easy; now when you start a new scorecard you’ll be able to simply choose a bill sheet to copy bills …
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