Resources on the National Level
Public Policy Links
Project Vote Smart is an online voter research guide. Critical information, such as voting records, public statements and issue positions, can be found on almost any state or federally elected official.
The Library of Congress’ THOMAS website provides information about specific bills both currently before either House of Congress and in previous sessions. This information can be found by searching for key words or a specific bill number.
Open Secrets is a project of the Center for Responsive Politics. The website compiles information on campaign and political contributions to federally elected officials based on information taken from the Federal Election Commission.
Women’s Policy Inc. advises the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to help make informed decisions on policies that affect women. They also advise federal regulators, academics, women’s groups, the business community, and the media.
Congressional Quarterly is a news-based website that provides an insider’s look into Washington D.C. politics and policy.
Many states provide resources to citizens for understanding their state government and politics.
To track a bill’s legislative history or view its text, click the link below and enter bill number:
For more in-depth information about how a bill becomes a law, click the link below:
The State House News Service features gavel-to-gavel summaries of all sessions and audio of formal sessions on their web page:
The Legislature offers a handy glossary of parliamentary terms:
“Where the votes are in Boston” – Commonwealth Magazine
Overview of Boston’s Population
Massachusetts Quick Facts from the US Census Bureau
Massachusetts Campaign Finance Guide – Candidates for Municipal Office