Tuesday, May 22, 2012

American Legislation on Google Maps

Where a Bill Becomes Law is a fun and educational application for exploring the status of U.S. legislation.

Users of the map can search for legislation using the Google Maps themed search box. Bills that match the search term are then listed in the map sidebar. Selecting an individual bill will bring up its data, including sponsor information, a list of titles, the official summary, and the series of steps that constitute the bill's legislative history.

Clicking on a step in the the bill's legislative history will show the corresponding path on the map. The developers of Where a Bill Becomes Law say that the map location is provided to help demonstrate that legislative decisions are made in real buildings in the real world.

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