Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to Track Laws and Bills Via Email

Wilson before Congress, 4/20/12 (LOC)
Wilson before Congress, 4/20/12 (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
By Christopher Lotito

Sunlight Foundation's legislation tracking tool "Scout," allows users to receive alerts for congressional bills, congressional speeches, state bills, federal regulations, and GAO reports via email, text message, and more.

What's this mean in perspective?  YOU can get an email or txt message anytime a bill to fund "Hurricane Sandy Relief" is discussed... or maybe you're concerned about "Dupont" cleanup in "Pompton Lakes" (bad news, there are no results), or "Green Acres Funding in Pequannock."  The possibilities are literally endless and you can perform a test search to see past action on a topic, all on one page, and ensure that you're creating a valid alert.

It's easy, just go to https://scout.sunlightfoundation.com/, type a keyword or phrase into the search box, and when you see results you like, press the "Create Alert" button.

Here's a general alert for "Pequannock" right here.


  Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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