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Bills and Votes - Tracking From Federal and State Feeds
Bills and Votes
The Bills and Votes dashboard page shows a list of the bills and votes you have chosen to track. Aristotle 360 permits admins to track both Federal and State Bills and Votes.To get to the dashboard page, click on Bills and Votes tab and choose Dashboard. The Bills and Votes Dashboard layout is divided into two main sections. The top section is a summary of bills you are tracking. The lower section is a summary of the votes you are tracking. A brief description of each piece of information shown on the dashboard is below:
Bills You Are Tracking
Number: The bill number.
Title: The title of the bill
Sponsor: The legislator who introduced the bill and is the chief advocate for its passage.
Is Public: This will be either Yes or No. Yes indicates that the bill is viewable on your SharePoint website if you are using Aristotle’s web-posting feature (Contact your Account Manager for more information about integrating Bill information on your website).
Votes You Are Tracking
Session: The session of Congress in which the vote took or will be taking place.
To track a Federal or State Bill from a feed select button "Track Bill from Feed". Aristotle 360 will default to Federal. You may track a State Bill by toggling to "State". Due to the underlying data resource the method for adding a Federal and a State Bill are different. The following guide will walk you through adding Federal and State Bills.
Track a Federal Bill
Once saved you can search/open Bill to add additional information within the Custom Details Panel that provides more useful Bill context specific to your organization.
About State Bill and Vote Tracking
We have integrated a data call between Aristotle 360 and the OpenStates Project. Open States provides access to all US State Bills & Votes data under their Creative Commons Attribution License. We have taken their data and integrated within the Aristotle360 data structure. We provide this data as part of our Bills and Vote service though no additional fees are required for access to State Bill and Vote services.
Tracking a State Bill
Tracking Votes is similar to the process of tracking a Bill in Aristotle 360. Again, since the Federal and State Votes sources are different a slightly different process is required to Track Votes.
Tracking a Federal Vote
Custom Details and Legislator Lifetime Rating:
In Order for Legislator Lifetime Rating to work you must setup tracked Votes by entering data within the
Custom Details Section – Please enter the following to enable Legislator Lifetime Rating
Tracking a State Vote
Custom Details Section – Please enter the following to enable Legislator Lifetime Rating (Coming soon for State Legislators!)
Customizing the Result List
You can choose the number of tracked bills/votes shown per page by clicking on the dropdown box in that section. This can be updated in both the 'Bills You Are Tracking' and the 'Votes You Are Tracking' sections. The choices available to you are 10, 25, 50 and 100 entries per page and you can flip through multiple pages using the right and left arrows in the bottom-right corner of each section.
Searching the list
By entering text or numbers in the search field you can narrow the number of entries shown for each section. The search will look for matches in the number and title fields of the bills and votes you are currently tracking.
Viewing and printing
To open the specific Bill or Vote for editing, click on the pencil edit icon to the left of the entry. To print the specifics of the entry, click on the printer icon to the left of the entry.