Friday, July 25, 2014

Featured Online Resource: LEG/EX (Legislative Explorer)

While you can always rely on the news and web sites like for learning about past or current events in the US Senate & House of Representatives, sometimes it can be nice to have another tool to help visualize what is happening.

The University of Washington Center for American Politics and Public Policy has designed Legislative Explorer (or LEG/EX) to help with this!

After launching LEG/EX, you can select a particular session of Congress.  By selecting Play, you can watch an animation of bills being introduced and moving to committees, to the other chamber, and to the President. You can also limit to certain types of bills such as by political party, a particular Senator or Representative, by subject and much more.

Visualization of bills introduced by Maryland's Representatives in the current Congress.

Each colored dot is a specific piece of legislation.  If you hover over that dot, you will learn more about it, and be given a link to more information at!

Information is available back to the 93rd Congress (1973-1974).  Take a look and you just may be able to gain a better understanding of our legislative process!

Of course, it never hurts to rely on a classic to help you understand the U.S. lawmaking process, either!

Every week, the Ort Library brings you a new and outstanding resource from the Web or from one of the library's databases. To get an archive of all FOR entries, click here. Also, you can suggest a website that provides well-organized access to useful info.

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