Legislation Research Resources

How to Contact Your Elected Officials

Learn how to get in touch with your federal, state, and local elected leaders at USA.GOV.
The CONGRESSIONAL STAFF DIRECTORY is also an excellent resource.


Download the Legislative Research TRAINING PACKAGE May, 2017


Federal Legislation

GovTrack
Easily searchable database for federal legislation. Searches according to subject categories used by Library of Congress. Can be fine-tuned using a second list of subcategories. Search produces a list of relevant legislation. User can “track” results in email.High potential. Use THIS LINK for current and pending activity, both houses.

LegiScan
All active bills in US Congress and all 50 states, fairly easy to use. You can have it track items of legislation as they go through their process. (Legiscan’s scope includes all state legislatures AND CONGRESS)

CONGRESS.GOV
Searchable database for upcoming, current, and past legislation in House and Senate.

U.S. Senate
Active legislation, votes, nominations, treaties.

U.S. Senate Active Legislation
Active (pending) legislation, both houses.

Bills to be considered on the House floor
Bills to be considered on the House floor for each week.

Congressional Committees
Information on Congressional Committees

Countable
Website and phone app: Reviews current or trending legislation, nominations, gives brief pro/con arguments, lets you send Y/N support to your MOCs in email form.

Regulations.gov
Find proposed regulations, including the ones “trending.” Also allows search by topic.  The site makes it easy to comment on proposed rule changes, and track what happens next.

NY State Legislation

Assembly and Senate upcoming calendars (click on calendar link).

New York State Assembly Search
Search for all active NY bills. Good way to access calendar for next sessions Assembly votes.

New York State Senate Member Search

LegiScan New York State Legislature
All active NYS bills, fairly easy to use. You can have it track items of legislation as they go through their process. (Legiscan’s scope includes all state legislatures AND CONGRESS.)

Open:States New York Legislature
Shows recently introduced bills in the NY Assembly and Senate in a sleeker format

Westchester County Legislators

Westchester County Board of Legislators Meeting Calendar

Yonkers City Council Members

Yonkers City Council Documents

New Rochelle City Council Agendas

New Rochelle City Council Members

New Rochelle City Council Meetings (videos)

Scarsdale Agenda Center
View current agendas and minutes for all boards and commissions.

Rye City Council Agendas and Packets
Rye city countil agendas and packets nested under the folder “City Council”

Other

League of Women Voters
Elected Officials by Zip Code

SwingLeft
Pairs people with nearest swing district – mobilizing support across districts.

Think Progress
A simple guide to how you can throw sand in the Trump administration’s gears.

Google Docs Town Hall Meeting Across the Country

Indivisible Groups in Westchester-Putnam
This document needs updating.

5Calls
Facilitates calls to MOCs for limited number of issues (issues changes according to events – no option to edit list of issues).

Tell All Your Friends
Page with multiple items for action – including phone numbers and scripts.

Resistance Calendar
Updating calendar of events, searchable by location.

Tracking State and City Legislation
This PDF has extra tips and background on tracking legislation, including tips for NYC Council bill tracking.