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Website of the Week for April 11, 2005

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

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Bill Tracking on the Washington Legislature Website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/bills.cfm

Like all good websites, the Washington Legislature's website continues to evolve. The latest improvement is the ability to track the progress of a bill through through the legislative process and to receive automatic updates as the status of your bill changes.

From the homepage:

  1. Click on "Bill Tracking."
  2. Click on "Register for a new account." You only need an email address to establish a new account. Shortly after registering you will receive an email message providing a password. Use the password to login and then change the password to one of your choosing.
  3. From the Selected Bill Tracking site, click on "Create a new list." Here you will create folders for individual topics or bills that you want to monitor.

Once you have created a list, you can add bill numbers to monitor. You can combine, edit, and delete lists as well as print lists and export the status information in one of several formats (Access, Excel, text, and Word). You may also create customized reports.

LexisNexis and Westlaw subscribers have enjoyed bill-tracking functions for a while; it is great to see this same advanced feature made available to everyone who is interested in monitoring legislative action in the Evergreen State.

Thanks to Mary Whisner.

2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington