LegiNation Launches BillTrack50, a New Way to Track State Legislative Information

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Small to mid-sized organizations benefit from increased access to legislative resources

By tracking legislation more affordably, companies can target limited resources with lobbyists or in other ways to better participate in the legislative process.

LegiNation today announced the launch of BillTrack50, a new set of online services to track legislative information and gain improved insight into the progress and details of topically relevant bills. Advocacy groups, professional societies, trade unions, and other government relations professionals now can easily and cost-effectively locate, track and stay informed of legislative developments that can affect business decisions, educational services, property, environmental, health and safety; or other key issues. By using this data to make more informed decisions, these organizations can partner with government to define language in bills, make strategic business decisions, support or oppose bills and spot developing political trends.

Michael O’Brien, principal of MOB Advocacy, an independent state government relations consultancy, says it can be challenging for smaller organizations to gain access to the data they need to best represent clients or to be strong advocates in state legislatures.

“BillTrack50 makes it possible to track legislation in a cost-effective manner, share that information with clients and partners, and gain a competitive advantage through trend analysis. Finally there is a legislative tracking system that is easy to use and provides access to a truly broad base of data,” O’Brien says.

With hundreds of thousands of new bills introduced each legislative session, and in some areas of law almost weekly changes, monitoring those that are relevant to a business or set of issues is a significant challenge.

Karen Suhaka, president of LegiNation, and creator of BillTrack50 says “It is critically important that government relations professionals, trade associations and businesses stay up to date on legislative changes. Organizations that have previously compromised on resources due to price, can now access information to spot trends early and take appropriate action. By tracking legislation more affordably, companies can target limited resources with lobbyists or in other ways to better participate in the legislative process."

“National organizations with many chapters or local businesses can now look across state legislation to better organize, plan and unify response. By providing information and transparency in politics through an easily searchable database of legislation we hope to reinvigorate American politics,” Suhaka says.

The service is now available starting at $500 for a single state or topic annual license with an unlimited state or topic annual license available for $3,000.

“Better legislative information allows companies, industry associations and non-profit organizations to be more proactive, more competitive and better-informed advocates,” O’Brien concludes.

About BillTrack50
Bill Sheet is a keyword search tool that presents bills based on topic or keyword relevancy and suggests new bills along the same or similar topics as they are introduced. Alerts can be added to Bill Sheets to help stay on top of the day to day legislative activities including changes to the text within existing bills. Summary bill information can be shown in a widget on a website with links to detailed information which is made available to users for free. Stakeholder pages provide time- savings and improve communication by sharing a bill sheet and related analysis through a branded, hosted website. Stakeholder pages also include conversation threading so issues can be discussed between individuals invited to view the page.

About LegiNation
LegiNation, Inc. was founded with the goal of making state level legislation more readily available to the professionals who need it, and even more importantly to the public at large. We are building products and websites to spark a renaissance in American politics, leveraging the internet to create the dialog so desperately needed amongst our elected officials, legislative professionals, and everyday citizens.

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