Florida Legislative News and Information Service
Introductions Sarah Iarussi – President Suzanne Martin – Sr. Vice President
Overview of LobbyTools Who We Are: LobbyTools is Florida’s most powerful online legislative research, tracking, news and analysis service. Who We Serve: law and lobby firms, associations, corporations, state and local government, educational institutions, the press, and anyone serious about doing business in Florida
Main Features of LobbyTools Legislative Research Legislative Tracking Legislative Reporting News & Media Monitoring
LobbyTools monitors and alerts subscribers when new information is available from hundreds of sources. From official rule hearings and cabinet meetings to watchdog reports and official House and Senate studies, LobbyTools ensures you have the information you need to be a successful participant in the legislative process. Legislative Research:LobbyTools Alerts
Legislative Research:Bills and Amendments Example: Bills/PCBs Search Page with Search Results LobbyTools’ powerful search tools ensure you find legislation of interest in seconds. Find bills, PCBs and amendments that include keywords or statutes of interest – then drill down further by sponsor, last action and more. Your search results display red flags next to your tracked bills so you can quickly find new items to review.
Legislative Research:Email Alerts Finding Bills of Interest
Statute Alert – Identifies bills that reference any chapter or subchapter of the Florida Statutes which have been saved to any of your folders.
Bill Keyword Alert – Identifies any bill filed in the past 24 hours that contain any of your preselected bill keywords.
Example: Bill Keyword Email Alert
Legislative Research:Calendar Example: Daily Agenda Calendar By combining House, Senate, Joint, Executive & Miscellaneous (e.g. Legislator Birthdays) events into one comprehensive calendar, LobbyTools offers you a simple and efficient way to monitor what is happening in the Florida Legislature. The calendar is fully integrated with your tracked bills – ensuring you’ll always be in the right place at the right time. Quickly access meeting agendas and presentations in one convenient place or watch meetings live via video webcasts.
Example: Committee Profile Page Legislative Research:Legislators & Committees Legislator and Committee profiles are excellent guides for clients or advocates who visit Tallahassee to advocate a position. Quickly find all bills and amendments sponsored by each legislator. Plus, our integrated news feature shows articles referencing legislators & committees. Example: Legislator Profile Page
Legislative Tracking:Folders Example: Inside of a Folder (Top View) LobbyTools’ proprietary folder system allows you to organize your tracked items by issue, client or staff member.
Legislative Tracking:Email Alerts Example: Tagged Bill Agenda Email Alert Tracking Key Events and Your Bills
LobbyTools Alert – Customizable alert of notices of breaking news, recent meeting changes, cancellations, key executive actions, and other general announcements.
Daily Briefing – Complete agenda calendar for the day (which includes all meetings and events) as well as a complete list of bills and PCBs filed in the past 24 hours.
Tagged Bill Agenda – Filter the day’s complete agenda calendar to include only those events which reference bills tagged to your selected folder(s).
Bill Action Report – A report of bills that reside in your selected folders which had an action that day.
Example: Bill Action Email Alert
Legislative Reporting:Custom Bill Reports Example: Custom Bill Report Settings Menu LobbyTools’ reporting features allow you to keep your clients or associates informed with professionally formatted and comprehensive reports. Generate these reports in real time with the click of a button. Filter reports based on your top priority, importance or position settings and choose which information will be shown in the report from a variety of available fields such as the bill summary, last actions, compared, similar or identical bills, custom private and public comments and more.
News and Media Monitoring Example: The News Tab
Explore The Current – LobbyTools’ independent news service, smartly covering Florida politics & policy.
Access articles from major Florida and national sources.
Create a custom list of keywords and let LobbyTools generate keyword reports for you.
Deliver professionally formatted custom news reports for your clients or associates with the click of a button.
Legislative Reporting:Email Alerts News & Media Monitoring
Top Political Headlines – Every day at 8:00 a.m., we send you the top 20-25 newspaper headlines related to Florida Politics.
News Keyword Alert – Every morning we send you a list of articles that contain keyword matches you have selected, e.g. “Adam Putnam” or “property insurance”
The Morning Edition, the Week Ahead & the Week in Review – An email of the day’s stories written by the staff of TheCurrent.
Example: News Keyword Email Alert
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Example: Enrolled Bills Page Enrolled Bills Page The Enrolled Bills page is a LobbyTools report that solely tracks the actions of bills that have successfully made it through the legislative process, and are now enrolled and ready for actions by the Governor. The Enrolled Bills page displays the various stages an enrolled bill may pass through on its way to becoming a law. Post-Session, the Enrolled Bills page is an invaluable tool to monitor all remaining active bills in one place.
Example: Amendments Filed Page Amendments Filed Page During the final days of session, you'll want to keep an eye on the frequent number of amendments being filed to your bills. For your convenience, LobbyTools has provided a tool to generate a fast and up-to-date report of all new amendments filed on a particular day.
Example: Bills/PCBs Search Page The Favorites Feature The Favorites feature allows you to bookmark search settings that you perform regularly for easy access. For example, if you perform a bill/PCB search daily for any bill filed by a particular legislator that includes a particular keyword or phrase, you can add this search as a favorite to eliminate the need to select the search settings daily. Examples of Favorite Searches: Bill/PCB Search with options: Chamber: Senate, Keyword: "Property Tax", Sponsor: "Haridopolos" Bill/PCB Search with options: Chamber: House, Keyword "420.06“ Amendments Filed with option: Checkbox selected for "Only My Bills" Filtered Agenda Calendar displaying only events referencing: Bills, Saved to: Folders A, B and C Example: Favorites Drop Down Menu
Session Live Example: Archived Session Live Ticker LobbyTools’ “Session Live” is the best way to monitor Session, giving you real time, up-to-the-minute coverage of House and Senate floor actions. When Session is in progress, as each chamber is considering bills and amendments on its respective Session agenda (i.e. bills on Third Reading and Special Order Calendars), LobbyTools is monitoring the progress of each bill and amendment and reporting the actions to you as they occur. Your tracked bills are indicated by red flags with links to bill profile pages, amendment text or your folders.