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Legislations

All about our legislative data, and how you can use it.

About Legislations

Legislations are the source data that nearly all OurGov data relies on. Each legislation possesses a series of events that we use to push notifications to your email, lobbying positions that we show alongside a bill, and other workflows that we support, like creating tasks or surveys for bills.

Legislation Tagging

Tagging is a fundamental concept in OurGov that serves to categorize legislation by subject matter:
Example of tags in Wisconsin's 2023 Regular Session
When a bill is introduced, an OurGov team member will read through the bill and manually categorize it by assigning relevant tags. This is just one of many important pieces of metadata that we stamp on legislations.
Tagging legislation allows OurGov to suggest related bills and tags, based on the interest you or your organization have indicated via subscribing.
Some examples of algorithms we have in place to make you more efficient based on this data:
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    Suggesting legislators to reach out to when introducing new legislation on a particular topic.
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    Identifying other lobbying principals working or sharing interest in a particular topic.
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    Suggesting which bills to register positions on based on other registered positions.
  4. 4.
    ...and many more.
You can also create your own private tags, like tagging bills based on your clients, or tagging bills based on likely positions.
Read more about tags below:

Draft Legislation

One of the perks of being an OurGov Premium user is the ability to see draft legislation before the text is released to the public. This gives you an opportunity to advise on a bill in its infancy, significantly improving your ability to have an impact.
An OurGov Premium account is required to view Legislation Drafts
Example of a legislation draft document
OurGov automatically identifies companion bills--that is, which bills are representative of another in a different chamber.
This is beneficial as it allows you to quickly compare the bill text of a bill from the other chamber, or even those of substitute amendments:
Simply click on the binocular button to compare text across this bill and its related bills.
Learn more about bill comparison here.