Legislative Research

 

Tools For Legislative Research

Congress.gov 

Congress.gov provides access to bill searches, active legislation, Senate and House Activities, Committees and their members and more. 

Find Representatives:

Find your representative by zip

Find senators

 

How to Draft a Resolution

The Pennsylvania PTA has a great guide to creating a resolution, the cornerstone of effective local government. Particularly useful are the various legalese terms given to help you formulate the Whereas and Be It Resolved clauses.

 

Open States Project

 

The OpenStates project gives you access to a database with state-level bills and legislators. You can search bills by text content and you can search for contact information for a specific lawmaker. You can also find information on their previous votes. The database is incomplete, so don’t bet your life on it, but still incredibly useful for lobbying at a state level.