Consider "tags" equivalent to a "concept".

What is a tag?

A "tag" is no more than a label that groups related legislative proposals, people, or committees together. It is no more than a concept: an abstract idea; a general notion.

Tagging is a powerful way to categorize bills and create value. It allows us to answer questions like these:

  • Which representative is best to reach out to about education reform?

  • Show me bills that relate to carbon offset policies.

  • What are the top priorities for the Wisconsin legislature?

When a bill comes in, anyone can tag it, and much like Wikipedia, we crowdsource information to create a rich and accurate database.

Public or Private?

🌎 Public Tags

Public tags are visible by anyone, even if they don't have an OurGov Premium account. We recommend creating public tags when a tag does not contain proprietary information.


Assembly Bill 1 (AB1) relates to policies surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. While it would be searchable using covid in the bill search page, it is beneficial to tag this as a 🏷️Covid bill so that it can be more easily be found.

This tag should be public.

🛡️ Private Tags

Private tags are visible only to your organization. When you create a tag, it will default to being private.

Only use private tags when your tag defines proprietary information, like which of your clients is interested in this legislation, or the bill's priority.

Examples of private tags

  • top, medium, low priorities

  • american bankers association, national labor relations board, etc.

Good to know: Tags are a very powerful tool. Using them correctly will save you immense time and energy in the long run.

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