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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:52 AM

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.

http://openstates.org/


http://boingboing.net/2013/02/16/open-states-search-legislativ.html

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Reply Open States: search legislative data in all 50 states (Original post)
octoberlib Feb 2013 OP
FleetwoodMac Feb 2013 #1
octoberlib Feb 2013 #3
FleetwoodMac Feb 2013 #5
66 dmhlt Feb 2013 #2
octoberlib Feb 2013 #4

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 07:15 AM

1. This will come in very handy...

Are you affiliated with OpenStates.Org, octoberlib?

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:15 PM

3. No, I'm not.

I actually found it while browsing through Boing Boing. They're taking volunteers though and have a group on Google that anyone can join. I just thought it was a great idea.

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:51 AM

5. It is a great idea, and one

that will prove very useful to me.
Thank you for the link.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:15 AM

2. Looks promising, BUT ...

When you click on a state and zoom in, you can't move the state around - it just stays centered.
So like in Illinois, so trying to zoom in on the Chicago metro area is impossible - it just shows the center of Illinois getting bigger and bigger. You can't grab/drag and there are no tabs to move it up/down right/left.

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Response to 66 dmhlt (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:18 PM

4. Yeah , you have to type in an address for specific areas.

I know they're open source and they stated they're always looking for ideas on how to improve . You should let them know.

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