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1. Decide What Issues to Track

To start, decide which issues are relevant to your organization. Think about what your organization’s mission is and identify relevant keywords to include in your search for legislation. Be specific — with thousands of bills, you will want to narrow your terms to ones that you anticipate actively engaging on.

2. Set Up a System to Identify New Bills

Now that you have narrowed your issue portfolio, it’s time to start your search for legislation to track. There are a few different ways you could identify new bills as they are introduced. One affordable, but time-consuming, way would be to set a reminder to visit the state or federal websites daily. Some organizations use consultants or a field team to identify legislation based on conversations on Capitol Hill or in state legislatures.  A software system like Quorum will be the most helpful in tracking legislation in an automated way, saving more time for engagement.

3. Organize Legislation You’ve Identified

From there,set up a system to organize the legislation you’ve identified. You’ll want a system that serves as a hub where your team can view all the bills you care about and keep up-to-date on what your organization is working on. Set up columns to include the current status and number of cosponsors to follow how the legislation is moving.

4. Categorize Legislation

When you identify a new bill that falls into your issue profile,tag bills with specific criteria so you can keep organized. Some common tags include:
  • Support, Oppose, Neutral: What is your organization’s stance on this issue?
  • High, Medium, Low Priority: How high of a priority is this bill? Are you going to act right away on it or just watch?
  • Issue Area: What part of your issue portfolio does this bill fall under?
To take it a step further, consider also adding a description section to a bill’s profile.The Alzheimer’s Association, for example - requires team members to fill in a description in the bill profiles of what the bill means for the Alzheimer’s community. This makes it easier to spot trends for the Alzheimer Association’s national lobbying strategy.

5. Strategize Your Approach to Engagement

Once you’ve categorized legislation, you can move from identifying legislation to taking action. With the Sierra Club managing 50 state chapters, using a shared system allows their Director of State Lobbying and Advocacy to see what state lobbyists are tracking and connect those facing similar legislation to each other to share best practices.This can include sharing talking points that worked, the volume of advocates participated in grassroots campaigns, or data relevant to the issue.

6. Keep Your System Updated

Legislation can move fast, and as things change your organization's perspective on it may change. Make sure you not only have a system to track new legislation but changes to legislation you've already identified. If you’re using a manual spreadsheet, be sure to input changes as soon as things move to maintain the most up-to-date information.

7. Move to Regulatory Tracking

After a bill has been enacted through the legislative process, you should also follow the regulatory process. This is important because it will specifically impact how the legislation will be implemented by the government.

How To to Level Up YourLegislative Tracking

Track Dialogue Alongside Bills

With over 2800 social media posts made by Members of Congress every day,if you’re not tracking official dialogue,you’re missing a big piece of the puzzle. Following what legislators say on social media allows for early signs of legislative action on an issue you’re tracking. Using Quorum, you’ll get a more complete picture surrounding your issue and the bill text itself in one placeespecially if you are looking to respond to timely events. When Covid-19-related indoor dining restrictions were implemented, Doordash knew their delivery platform could mean the difference in local businesses staying open through the lockdowns. With every state and county implementing various restrictions,Doordash used Quorum’s dialogue tracking to rapidly respond to local and state leadership announcements. By monitoring state and local official Twitter accounts, Doordash was able to quickly pivot their outgoing messaging to stay current and ensure they were complying with state, local and federal policies. With dialogue tracking, you can more effectively strategize on which legislators to focus on. In the words of Senator Brian Schatz, “you can always assume that the tweeting about legislation is accompanied by legislating.

Report Your Success Metrics

Proving return on investment is crucial in growing your team and showing the strategies you’re employing are effective. Using a tool like Quorum to log meeting notes and track the actionable steps you’ve taken gives your leadership a clearer idea of both the scale of legislation you are tracking and the volume of work that you put into affecting each piece of legislation. By getting organized and staying updated with a legislative tracking system, you can focus on your strategic success in achieving your policy goals. [post_title] => How To Track Legislation: A Step-By-Step Guide [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-to-track-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-08 20:40:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-08 20:40:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.quorum.us/?post_type=resources&p=4934 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => resources [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [queried_object_id] => 4934 [request] => SELECT wp_posts.* FROM wp_posts WHERE 1=1 AND wp_posts.post_name = 'how-to-track-legislation' AND wp_posts.post_type = 'resources' ORDER BY wp_posts.post_date DESC [posts] => Array ( [0] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4934 [post_author] => 23 [post_date] => 2021-03-04 21:50:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-04 21:50:52 [post_content] => With over 5,000 federal bills and over 26,000 state bills introduced in 2020 alone, tracking legislation can be a hefty challenge to take on by yourself. Below are some tips on how to track legislationfrom when it's introduced to when it’s enacted and how to maximize your team’s impact on legislation.

1. Decide What Issues to Track

To start, decide which issues are relevant to your organization. Think about what your organization’s mission is and identify relevant keywords to include in your search for legislation. Be specific — with thousands of bills, you will want to narrow your terms to ones that you anticipate actively engaging on.

2. Set Up a System to Identify New Bills

Now that you have narrowed your issue portfolio, it’s time to start your search for legislation to track. There are a few different ways you could identify new bills as they are introduced. One affordable, but time-consuming, way would be to set a reminder to visit the state or federal websites daily. Some organizations use consultants or a field team to identify legislation based on conversations on Capitol Hill or in state legislatures.  A software system like Quorum will be the most helpful in tracking legislation in an automated way, saving more time for engagement.

3. Organize Legislation You’ve Identified

From there,set up a system to organize the legislation you’ve identified. You’ll want a system that serves as a hub where your team can view all the bills you care about and keep up-to-date on what your organization is working on. Set up columns to include the current status and number of cosponsors to follow how the legislation is moving.

4. Categorize Legislation

When you identify a new bill that falls into your issue profile,tag bills with specific criteria so you can keep organized. Some common tags include:
  • Support, Oppose, Neutral: What is your organization’s stance on this issue?
  • High, Medium, Low Priority: How high of a priority is this bill? Are you going to act right away on it or just watch?
  • Issue Area: What part of your issue portfolio does this bill fall under?
To take it a step further, consider also adding a description section to a bill’s profile.The Alzheimer’s Association, for example - requires team members to fill in a description in the bill profiles of what the bill means for the Alzheimer’s community. This makes it easier to spot trends for the Alzheimer Association’s national lobbying strategy.

5. Strategize Your Approach to Engagement

Once you’ve categorized legislation, you can move from identifying legislation to taking action. With the Sierra Club managing 50 state chapters, using a shared system allows their Director of State Lobbying and Advocacy to see what state lobbyists are tracking and connect those facing similar legislation to each other to share best practices.This can include sharing talking points that worked, the volume of advocates participated in grassroots campaigns, or data relevant to the issue.

6. Keep Your System Updated

Legislation can move fast, and as things change your organization's perspective on it may change. Make sure you not only have a system to track new legislation but changes to legislation you've already identified. If you’re using a manual spreadsheet, be sure to input changes as soon as things move to maintain the most up-to-date information.

7. Move to Regulatory Tracking

After a bill has been enacted through the legislative process, you should also follow the regulatory process. This is important because it will specifically impact how the legislation will be implemented by the government.

How To to Level Up YourLegislative Tracking

Track Dialogue Alongside Bills

With over 2800 social media posts made by Members of Congress every day,if you’re not tracking official dialogue,you’re missing a big piece of the puzzle. Following what legislators say on social media allows for early signs of legislative action on an issue you’re tracking. Using Quorum, you’ll get a more complete picture surrounding your issue and the bill text itself in one placeespecially if you are looking to respond to timely events. When Covid-19-related indoor dining restrictions were implemented, Doordash knew their delivery platform could mean the difference in local businesses staying open through the lockdowns. With every state and county implementing various restrictions,Doordash used Quorum’s dialogue tracking to rapidly respond to local and state leadership announcements. By monitoring state and local official Twitter accounts, Doordash was able to quickly pivot their outgoing messaging to stay current and ensure they were complying with state, local and federal policies. With dialogue tracking, you can more effectively strategize on which legislators to focus on. In the words of Senator Brian Schatz, “you can always assume that the tweeting about legislation is accompanied by legislating.

Report Your Success Metrics

Proving return on investment is crucial in growing your team and showing the strategies you’re employing are effective. Using a tool like Quorum to log meeting notes and track the actionable steps you’ve taken gives your leadership a clearer idea of both the scale of legislation you are tracking and the volume of work that you put into affecting each piece of legislation. By getting organized and staying updated with a legislative tracking system, you can focus on your strategic success in achieving your policy goals. [post_title] => How To Track Legislation: A Step-By-Step Guide [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-to-track-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-08 20:40:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-08 20:40:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.quorum.us/?post_type=resources&p=4934 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => resources [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 1 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 4934 [post_author] => 23 [post_date] => 2021-03-04 21:50:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-03-04 21:50:52 [post_content] => With over 5,000 federal bills and over 26,000 state bills introduced in 2020 alone, tracking legislation can be a hefty challenge to take on by yourself. Below are some tips on how to track legislationfrom when it's introduced to when it’s enacted and how to maximize your team’s impact on legislation.

1. Decide What Issues to Track

To start, decide which issues are relevant to your organization. Think about what your organization’s mission is and identify relevant keywords to include in your search for legislation. Be specific — with thousands of bills, you will want to narrow your terms to ones that you anticipate actively engaging on.

2. Set Up a System to Identify New Bills

Now that you have narrowed your issue portfolio, it’s time to start your search for legislation to track. There are a few different ways you could identify new bills as they are introduced. One affordable, but time-consuming, way would be to set a reminder to visit the state or federal websites daily. Some organizations use consultants or a field team to identify legislation based on conversations on Capitol Hill or in state legislatures.  A software system like Quorum will be the most helpful in tracking legislation in an automated way, saving more time for engagement.

3. Organize Legislation You’ve Identified

From there,set up a system to organize the legislation you’ve identified. You’ll want a system that serves as a hub where your team can view all the bills you care about and keep up-to-date on what your organization is working on. Set up columns to include the current status and number of cosponsors to follow how the legislation is moving.

4. Categorize Legislation

When you identify a new bill that falls into your issue profile,tag bills with specific criteria so you can keep organized. Some common tags include:
  • Support, Oppose, Neutral: What is your organization’s stance on this issue?
  • High, Medium, Low Priority: How high of a priority is this bill? Are you going to act right away on it or just watch?
  • Issue Area: What part of your issue portfolio does this bill fall under?
To take it a step further, consider also adding a description section to a bill’s profile.The Alzheimer’s Association, for example - requires team members to fill in a description in the bill profiles of what the bill means for the Alzheimer’s community. This makes it easier to spot trends for the Alzheimer Association’s national lobbying strategy.

5. Strategize Your Approach to Engagement

Once you’ve categorized legislation, you can move from identifying legislation to taking action. With the Sierra Club managing 50 state chapters, using a shared system allows their Director of State Lobbying and Advocacy to see what state lobbyists are tracking and connect those facing similar legislation to each other to share best practices.This can include sharing talking points that worked, the volume of advocates participated in grassroots campaigns, or data relevant to the issue.

6. Keep Your System Updated

Legislation can move fast, and as things change your organization's perspective on it may change. Make sure you not only have a system to track new legislation but changes to legislation you've already identified. If you’re using a manual spreadsheet, be sure to input changes as soon as things move to maintain the most up-to-date information.

7. Move to Regulatory Tracking

After a bill has been enacted through the legislative process, you should also follow the regulatory process. This is important because it will specifically impact how the legislation will be implemented by the government.

How To to Level Up YourLegislative Tracking

Track Dialogue Alongside Bills

With over 2800 social media posts made by Members of Congress every day,if you’re not tracking official dialogue,you’re missing a big piece of the puzzle. Following what legislators say on social media allows for early signs of legislative action on an issue you’re tracking. Using Quorum, you’ll get a more complete picture surrounding your issue and the bill text itself in one placeespecially if you are looking to respond to timely events. When Covid-19-related indoor dining restrictions were implemented, Doordash knew their delivery platform could mean the difference in local businesses staying open through the lockdowns. With every state and county implementing various restrictions,Doordash used Quorum’s dialogue tracking to rapidly respond to local and state leadership announcements. By monitoring state and local official Twitter accounts, Doordash was able to quickly pivot their outgoing messaging to stay current and ensure they were complying with state, local and federal policies. With dialogue tracking, you can more effectively strategize on which legislators to focus on. In the words of Senator Brian Schatz, “you can always assume that the tweeting about legislation is accompanied by legislating.

Report Your Success Metrics

Proving return on investment is crucial in growing your team and showing the strategies you’re employing are effective. Using a tool like Quorum to log meeting notes and track the actionable steps you’ve taken gives your leadership a clearer idea of both the scale of legislation you are tracking and the volume of work that you put into affecting each piece of legislation. By getting organized and staying updated with a legislative tracking system, you can focus on your strategic success in achieving your policy goals. [post_title] => How To Track Legislation: A Step-By-Step Guide [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-to-track-legislation [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-07-08 20:40:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-07-08 20:40:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.quorum.us/?post_type=resources&p=4934 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => resources [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 1 [max_num_pages] => 0 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => 1 [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => 1 [is_robots] => [is_favicon] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 1dd702a6cc87a590f5b77b124853eccd [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )
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How To Track Legislation: A Step-By-Step Guide

How To Track Legislation: A Step-By-Step Guide

With over 5,000 federal bills and over 26,000 state bills introduced in 2020 alone, tracking legislation can be a hefty challenge to take on by yourself. Below are some tips on how to track legislationfrom when it’s introduced to when it’s enacted and how to maximize your team’s impact on legislation.

1. Decide What Issues to Track

To start, decide which issues are relevant to your organization. Think about what your organization’s mission is and identify relevant keywords to include in your search for legislation. Be specific — with thousands of bills, you will want to narrow your terms to ones that you anticipate actively engaging on.

2. Set Up a System to Identify New Bills

Now that you have narrowed your issue portfolio, it’s time to start your search for legislation to track.

There are a few different ways you could identify new bills as they are introduced. One affordable, but time-consuming, way would be to set a reminder to visit the state or federal websites daily. Some organizations use consultants or a field team to identify legislation based on conversations on Capitol Hill or in state legislatures.  A software system like Quorum will be the most helpful in tracking legislation in an automated way, saving more time for engagement.

3. Organize Legislation You’ve Identified

From there,set up a system to organize the legislation you’ve identified. You’ll want a system that serves as a hub where your team can view all the bills you care about and keep up-to-date on what your organization is working on. Set up columns to include the current status and number of cosponsors to follow how the legislation is moving.

4. Categorize Legislation

When you identify a new bill that falls into your issue profile,tag bills with specific criteria so you can keep organized. Some common tags include:

  • Support, Oppose, Neutral: What is your organization’s stance on this issue?
  • High, Medium, Low Priority: How high of a priority is this bill? Are you going to act right away on it or just watch?
  • Issue Area: What part of your issue portfolio does this bill fall under?

To take it a step further, consider also adding a description section to a bill’s profile.The Alzheimer’s Association, for example – requires team members to fill in a description in the bill profiles of what the bill means for the Alzheimer’s community. This makes it easier to spot trends for the Alzheimer Association’s national lobbying strategy.

5. Strategize Your Approach to Engagement

Once you’ve categorized legislation, you can move from identifying legislation to taking action.

With the Sierra Club managing 50 state chapters, using a shared system allows their Director of State Lobbying and Advocacy to see what state lobbyists are tracking and connect those facing similar legislation to each other to share best practices.This can include sharing talking points that worked, the volume of advocates participated in grassroots campaigns, or data relevant to the issue.

6. Keep Your System Updated

Legislation can move fast, and as things change your organization’s perspective on it may change. Make sure you not only have a system to track new legislation but changes to legislation you’ve already identified.

If you’re using a manual spreadsheet, be sure to input changes as soon as things move to maintain the most up-to-date information.

7. Move to Regulatory Tracking

After a bill has been enacted through the legislative process, you should also follow the regulatory process. This is important because it will specifically impact how the legislation will be implemented by the government.

How To to Level Up YourLegislative Tracking

Track Dialogue Alongside Bills

With over 2800 social media posts made by Members of Congress every day,if you’re not tracking official dialogue,you’re missing a big piece of the puzzle. Following what legislators say on social media allows for early signs of legislative action on an issue you’re tracking. Using Quorum, you’ll get a more complete picture surrounding your issue and the bill text itself in one placeespecially if you are looking to respond to timely events.

When Covid-19-related indoor dining restrictions were implemented, Doordash knew their delivery platform could mean the difference in local businesses staying open through the lockdowns. With every state and county implementing various restrictions,Doordash used Quorum’s dialogue tracking to rapidly respond to local and state leadership announcements. By monitoring state and local official Twitter accounts, Doordash was able to quickly pivot their outgoing messaging to stay current and ensure they were complying with state, local and federal policies.

With dialogue tracking, you can more effectively strategize on which legislators to focus on. In the words of Senator Brian Schatz, “you can always assume that the tweeting about legislation is accompanied by legislating.

Report Your Success Metrics

Proving return on investment is crucial in growing your team and showing the strategies you’re employing are effective. Using a tool like Quorum to log meeting notes and track the actionable steps you’ve taken gives your leadership a clearer idea of both the scale of legislation you are tracking and the volume of work that you put into affecting each piece of legislation.

By getting organized and staying updated with a legislative tracking system, you can focus on your strategic success in achieving your policy goals.

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