Reference: "New Tool Offers Free, One-Stop Access to State Legislation Information"
Policy advocates and groups looking at proposing legislation now have a budget-friendly tool that facilitates effective research of information from the 50 public domain state legislative databases.
Created by researchers at the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis (PRC StL), the State Legislative Search Guide is designed for anyone interested in cross-state comparison of legislation.
PRC StL is a collaboration between the School of Medicine and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.
The PRC StL project team for the State Childhood Obesity Policy Evaluation (SCOPE) launched the search guide after finding that the individual public domain state legislation databases were usually as comprehensive as the prohibitively expensive subscription databases that compile legislation.
“Without our search guide, their different formats can make the state databases difficult to use for cross-state legislative research, ” says Leah Nguyen, project manager in the Prevention Research Center at WUSTL and a member of the SCOPE team.
“We want small organizations and individuals that can’t afford subscription databases to still be able to effectively conduct cross-state research,” Nguyen says.
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