Here are various resources that are helpful for both staying informed and taking action. As we find more, we’ll add them here, so check back. And, if you know of one we should add, just drop us an email. Thanks!
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Congress.gov is a very rich site with many resources, including bills, committees, and people. You can read the full text of bills, see who the sponsors are, follow the votes, and so on. The home page of the site is actually a full-featured search page, with filters, search helps, and more. Go here to check it out!
Federal – Call the Congress main line at (202) 224-3121. You will then be prompted to enter 1 for the Senate and 2 for the House. Once there, you enter your ZIP code, and you get connected to your rep’s Washington office. At that point, you’ll either speak with a staffer, or get to leave a message.
State – Call the LRC Comment Line at (800) 372-7181. Tell the person answering your name and address and the legislation you are calling about, preferably by bill number. Your comment gets transcribed on a “green slip,” which is then added to the stack for your legislator.
You can also call the main LRC line at (502) 564-8100, and ask for your legislator’s office, where you will get their office staff. Typically, you would leave a message, as it is hard for electeds to have time to talk on the phone.
There is also a Spanish-language LRC Comment Line at (866) 840-6574.
Federal – There are a number of sites you can use to track bills at the Federal level. You can go right to Congress.gov, which has a robust search engine. Or, you can set up an account at GovTrack.us, and then add trackers.
State – The state government has a billwatch service that is pretty good. You can set up an account, then add the bills you wish to track. There is also a Bill Status Line at (866) 840-2835. And of course, there are the ForwardKY Bill Trackers.
There is a Meeting Information Line at LRC that will tell you about committee meetings and such – it’s (800) 633-9650.