Legislative Monitoring

Legislative Monitoring

Excellent information and perspective will always be at the heart of any successful stateWe made a significant change in the structure of our state government relations program model in a fairly short timeframe and Stateside had all the elements we needed – bill monitoring, consulting and access to lobbyists we could hire independently. It has worked out very well.

- Ron Barnes
Vice President, State Affairs
Direct Marketing Association
and local government affairs program.

Anything less is a handicap.

Stateside Associates designs and delivers unmatched Legislative Monitoring services for issue managers. And, Stateside information – unlike all other firms – provides clients with the critical element missing from all other Legislative Monitoring services: perspective.

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- Stateside Client
are all aligned with the needs and expectations of state and local government affairs managers.

Resources & Methodology

One cannot monitor and report about something that one does not understand. Period.

Therefore, effective State Legislative Monitoring requires issue knowledge, state knowledge and client knowledge.

At Stateside Associates, issue expertise, state expertise, client knowledge and robust use of many informationWith limited time and complex issues to address, I can’t spend hours pouring through keyword-based reports. I have seen what other services provide and they are not precise enough for me. Stateside sends me the bills I need to address and provides the political and process information that helps me prioritize.
Mandy N. Hagan, Esq.
Director, Government Relations-Health and Wellness
Walgreen Co.
resources are hallmarks of the Legislative Monitoring service.

Here is how Stateside does it:

Four, discrete Legislative Monitoring Teams – each covering 52 jurisdictions for a selected group of issues – provide Legislative Monitoring information to clients about bill introductions, amendments, floor proceedings, interim committees and other legislative actions.

Each team is comprised of 4 or 5 Legislative Associates each of whom gained prior experience on staff in a state legislature – a requirement for the position. Each Associate monitors 13 or fewer jurisdictions. All other Legislative Monitoring services assign just one or two staff members to monitor all 50 states.

Each Legislative Associate receives extensive training about clients, client issues and the states they monitor. Prospects for the passage of pending bills and emerging issues are assessed via on-going contact with state legislators, legislative staff, governors’ staff, executive branch officials, industry association staffs and local issue experts. All training materials and protocols are available for client inspection and input.

Political or Outlook information is derived from regular communications with over 4,000 state contacts. These contacts yield information about upcoming amendments, the likelihood of committee consideration, the potential for a gubernatorial veto and much more. Prospective clients gain from our insight, which helpsStateside’s legislative associates are an indispensable resource for understanding what is happening in the states. They not only provide astute analysis, but are always available for questions and additional follow-up. It’s like having an entire staff at my fingertips.
- Brian Newman, Manager
State Issues Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
them align resources with real threats or opportunities.

Here are some other key elements of Stateside’s service:

    • All monitored bills are checked daily for committee action. Hearing Alerts are sent to clients in advance of all published hearings.
    • Priority bill Alerts are sent via email alerts to the client and the client’s iStateLinkSM web portal is updated with the same information simultaneously.
    • Bill summaries are written in-house and customized for each client based on a complete reading of the text.
    • Current bill text is attached to each bill report. Previous bill versions and amendments are also linked whenever available.
    • Stateside’s extensive staff of Legislative Associates and Coordinators are available to respond to client needs for additional information or assistance – at no additional charge.
    • iStateLink is the most dynamic web portal in the market for the delivery of custom Legislative, Regulatory and Local Government Monitoring information. Dynamic maps, an interactive calendar for tracking hearings and the ability to link client documents to reports are just a few of the many features.

No Conflicts

Keyword database companies and similar firms will work for anybody – trial lawyers, labor unions, anti-business NGO’s and other activists. So, how customized are they really? And, how much can you trust them to safeguard your priority issues?

Stateside Associates is the only firm offering Legislative Monitoring that adheres to the no conflicts doctrine – just like attorneys and lobbyists. You can trust us with your most confidential information as you would any other member of your team.

There are many more service elements to share. For more information and a virtual tour of iStateLinkSM, please contact Constance Campanella at cc@stateside.com or call (703) 525-7466.