How to Do Basic Legislative Tracking

Ask anyone who follows legislation for a living how they learned their craft, and you’ll often be greeted with a laugh. The reason is simple enough. Many of them learned the hard way.

“It is a big issue to tackle,” said Kelly Harbitter, director of government affairs at Search. “There are not a lot of resources that say here is step one, two and three.”

To address that issue, CQ Roll Call interviewed veteran legislative trackers about how they do their jobs, and what resources and information they would have liked on Day One. The result is a report called Legislative Tracking: Understanding the Basics, and you can download it right now free of charge.

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