Here is how Stateside does it:
Four, discrete Legislative Monitoring Teams – each covering 55 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 helps them align resources with real threats or opportunities.