Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:55 AM
octoberlib (5,514 posts)
Open States: search legislative data in all 50 states
After more than four years of work from volunteers and a full-time team at the Sunlight Foundation we're immensely proud to launch the full Open States site with searchable legislative data for all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Open States is the only comprehensive database of activities from all state capitols that makes it easy to find your state lawmaker, review their votes, search for legislation, track bills and much more.
If you're interested in your state lawmaker, you'll be able to get notifications for their actions, a map of their district, voting records, committee assignments, campaign finance records from Influence Explorer, local news articles and contact information. If you're curious about a particular piece of legislation, Open States allows you to check on its status, find the sponsors, break down votes, view bill text and all supporting documents. Our powerful search capabilities allow you to find similar topics across states and view overview pages for each state, chamber and committee.
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Response to octoberlib (Reply #3)
Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:06 PM
JimDandy (4,927 posts)
6. There's been talk for a long time
that something like this was needed to track legislation originating from organizations like ALEC who do systematic, coordinated or last-minute bill dumps on a large number of state legislatures. So glad this site got up and running.