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Friday, May 9, 2014

Free Online Resource Provides Visualization of Legislative Data

The University of Washington’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy (CAPPP) recently unveiled a new data-driven discovery tool called Legislative Explorer, or LegEx, which allows users to observe large-scale trends in legislative activity in the United States Congress. Using data drawn from a number of different legislative tracking sources (including Congress.gov), Legislative Explorer provides a visual representation of the progress of bills and resolutions through both the House and Senate. Coverage is available from the 93rd Congress (1973-1974) to the present, and the dataset is updated nightly. The visual representation can be limited by party, Senator or Representative, topic, committee, type of legislation, and several other categories. For more information on how LegEx works, click on “Tutorial” in the top right corner of the screen, or see this post on the CAPPP website.  

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