How to Set up and Use a Bill Tracking Account on the Washington State Legislature's Website

Six Methods:Setting up your accountAdding billsManaging and Customizing Your Bill Tracking ListsMoving your BillsMoving your Bill ListsSorting the bills in your list

Using the bill tracking function on the Washington State Legislature's website can be an easy way to keep track of multiple bills, resolutions and memorials moving through the legislative process. Here are instructions on how to set up an account and tips for using the bill tracker more effectively.

Method 1
Setting up your account

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    Go to the Washington State Legislature's Bill Tracking website. Link
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    Click on the "Register for a new Account" link.
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    Enter in your desired user name and email address then confirm your email and click the Submit button.
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    Check your email inbox for the confirmation email.
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    Follow the directions within the confirmation email.
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    Log on using the password in the email.
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    Once logged on you can change your password by clicking on the Account link in the upper right hand corner of the page then clicking on Change Password.
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    In the current password box enter in the password from your email. Then enter in your desired new password in the new password box and then re-type it in the confirm password box below it.

Method 2
Adding bills

You will need to create lists of bills to track. Here are the steps to creating your lists.

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    When you first start out you will be given a folder with no bill lists. Lists allow you to keep track of multiple bills regarding similar topics. Folders can help you organize different lists pertaining to similar topics.
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    To create another folder click on the New button in the tool bar and select folder.
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    Name your folder and click either the Save/Add New List button to proceed to the list creation stage or the Save/Close button to return to the main page.
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    To start a bill list from the main page click on the Create a new List link in the center of the page or click on the New button in the tool bar and select list.
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    Once in the list creation page select the folder in which you want the list to reside.
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    Name your list.
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    Add a description if desired.
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    Once you are done naming and describing your list click on the Save/Add bills button.
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    This will take you to the Add Bills page.
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    Enter the number of the bill you would like to add to your list.
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    Then click on the Add button.
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    You can enter as many bills as you like on a list. If you have multiple bills you can save time by using the enter multiple bills at once function at the bottom of the add bill box.
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    Here you can enter multiple bill numbers separated by a comma and add them to your list all at once.
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    Click the Add button and you have created your list.

Method 3
Managing and Customizing Your Bill Tracking Lists

Once you have created your bill lists you may need to manage or customize them. Here are the different steps for managing and customizing your lists.

Method 4
Moving your Bills

Moving bills from one list to another.

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    Open the list with the bills you want to move.
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    Click on the check box next to the desired bills.
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    Once your bills have been selected click on the Move Bill button in the toolbar.
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    Select the list you want to move the bill to and click the OK button.

Method 5
Moving your Bill Lists

Moving bill lists from one folder to another.

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    Open the folder with the list you want to move.
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    Click on the check box next to the list you want to move.
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    Once your list has been selected click on the Move List button in the toolbar.
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    Select the folder you want to move the list to and click the OK button.

Method 6
Sorting the bills in your list

When viewing your bill list you can sort the bills according to the various parameters listed above the bills in the list. Here is how to sort those bills.

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    To sort the bills in your list click on the parameter you want to sort by.

    Examples: Title, Status, Date. When you sort your bills the program will first sort them in ascending order. A second click will sort them in descending order.

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