Open States

Open States: Sunlight launches 50-state legislative search platform


Open States lead developer James Turk discusses the impetus behind the project, the four-year process it took to get it released, design, technology, including the freely-available application programming interface and source code, and what we can expect over the next four years.

‘Open States’ connects citizens to state capitols and lawmakers


The Sunlight Foundation today launches — a website anyone can use to discover more about lawmaking in their state. Open States is a comprehensive database of legislative information for all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The website makes it easy to find state lawmakers, review their votes, search legislation and track bill progress, as well as compare legislation from state to state.