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What would happen if... - Karen Suhaka

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What would happen if... - Karen Suhaka

  1. 2. What would happen if… <ul><li>Karen Suhaka </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@smoodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@billtrack50 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. What would happen if… <ul><li>… everybody actually knew what the government was doing? </li></ul>legislature
  3. 4. How a bill becomes a law
  4. 5. http://thomas.loc.gov/home/lawsmade.toc.html
  5. 6. http://www.mikewirthart.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/howlawsmadeWIRTH2.jpg
  6. 7. Legislators 65,570 Federal Lobbyists 28,000 State Level Lobbyists 163,925 Advocacy groups 22,000 PACs 4,618
  7. 8. We are stepping into the breech… … and also trying to make a living.
  8. 9. LegiNation, Inc. <ul><li>Founded April 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Work started June 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Privately funded July 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>First 100k Bills acquired Sept 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Beta Scheduled Oct/Nov 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Launch Planned Dec/Jan 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Launch 2 Planned June/Jul 2012 </li></ul>Milestones
  9. 10. Involvement <ul><li>Groups </li></ul>Conferences Gov 2.0a In OKC
  10. 11. Involvement <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Initiatives </li></ul>Conferences Gov 2.0a In OKC http://legix.info/ SLIM XML standard for bills
  11. 12. Products Online Legislative Tracking New Social Platform based on political information
  12. 13. BillTrack50 www.BillTrack50.com Bill Sheet with Alerts Search for and track bills of interest
  13. 14. BillTrack50 www.BillTrack50.com Bill Sheet with Alerts Search for and track bills of interest Stakeholder Page Securely share and discuss bill information
  14. 15. BillTrack50 www.BillTrack50.com Bill Sheet with Alerts Search for and track bills of interest Stakeholder Page Securely share and discuss bill information Widget Publically share bill information on your site
  15. 16. Chatterslate <ul><ul><li>Search for bills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See text, sponsors, votes, action history </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for legislators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See bills authored and sponsored, vote history, effectiveness, (legislator comments?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free for public, no registration required to search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ IMDB for Legislation” </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Chatterslate <ul><ul><li>Search for bills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See text, sponsors, votes, action history </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for legislators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See bills authored and sponsored, vote history, effectiveness, (legislator comments?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dicussion threads about bills, topics, legislators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text, YouTube, external </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stakeholder pages for groups, organization tools, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lobbyist matchmaker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free for public, no registration required to search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ IMDB for Legislation” </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Chatterslate <ul><ul><li>Search for bills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See text, sponsors, votes, action history </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for legislators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See bills authored and sponsored, vote history, effectiveness, (legislator comments?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dicussion threads about bills, topics, legislators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Text, YouTube, external </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stakeholder pages for groups, organization tools, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lobbyist matchmaker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Platform built around politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweet/Facebook/Thumbs up bills, legislators, comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free for public, no registration required to search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ IMDB for Legislation” </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Progress and Plans <ul><ul><li>Compile Bill headers (120k and counting!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compile Bills (done) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Normalize data across states (done) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Normalize bill text (SLIM - in progress) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build interface for Bill Track 50 (in progress) (target Jan 2012) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build interface for Chatterslate (taking ideas) (target June 2012) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><ul><li>Need parsers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need beta testers (BillTrack50) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need content (Chatterslate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need customers and users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need champions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spread the word! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@BillTrack50 </li></ul><ul><li>www.facebook.com/LegiNation </li></ul><ul><li>www.BillTrack50.com </li></ul>

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