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A Clip 'n' Save Political-Research Tip! (First in an occasional series)

By Staff | Posted 7/24/2002

Want to know more about what your state legislators are doing in Annapolis before you start pulling the levers? The Maryland General Assembly's Web site (www.mlis.state.md.us) has information on what bills each delegate and senator has introduced, going back to 1996.

From the home page, click on bill indexes, then sponsor. Scroll down the list until you find the name of the legislator, highlight it, and click select. A list of bills from the 2002 session will come up on the screen, under the legislator's name and photograph. The bill numbers are hyperlinks to summaries of the measures they sponsored. Only bills on which the legislator's name is the first listed is truly his or hers, in the sense that he or she took the lead in crafting them and ushering them through the legislative process.

For information about earlier years, click prior session information on the main page, then select sponsor indexes for the year you want to search.

City Paper will run tips on how to use the Internet to inform yourself about the candidates periodically throughout the campaign season.

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