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Exploring State Legislative Data

Open States lets you find information about your state representatives and legislation. This tutorial provides an overview on how to use Open States to identify your representative, search and track legislation, explore bill history and votes and contact lawmakers.

Open States is a free service that allows you to discover how bills are written and passed across all fifty states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico in one place. This tutorial provides an overview of the tool using the bill S.B 1070 in Arizona as an example.

Bill, legislator, committee and event data is collected from official sources, linked at the bottom of each legislator, bill, vote, committee or event page. For more details, visit the methodology page.

All Open States data is available via the website, our API, bulk downloads and the Open States iOS Application. For more about the project please visit: http://openstates.org

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