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U.S. State Governance
- Follow the Money: National Institute on Money in State PoliticsCollects reports submitted to agencies in every state by all candidates for statewide office, the legislature, and state Supreme Court; major political party committees; non-bond ballot measure committees, and lobbyists.
- Legislative Reference Library of TexasExists primarily to serve the Austin legislative community, but it offers many of its resources at no charge to the public. See the links under "Citizen Resources."
- Open StatesPortal to legislative data from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. Browse by state or legislator. Some state data goes back to 2009. From the Sunlight Foundation.
- Pew Research Center: State and Local GovernmentThe Pew Center on the States operates and supports projects that assess how states are performing in key areas of public policy. This is an excellent site for state-specific data on a wide range of social, health and economic issues.
- PEWCharitable Trust: State and Consumer InitiativesIdentifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges.
- National Conference of State LegislaturesServes the legislators and staff of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. Provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.
- Texas Legislative CouncilThe TLC's Internet Resources page links to many informational resources, including "Who Represents Me?", District Viewer, and Texas legislaturte Online.
- Texas Legislature Online (TLO)Information from both the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. Includes information on bills and on various committees.
- The Almanac of State Legislative Elections by William Lilley; Laurence J. DeFranco; Mark F. Bernstein; Kari L. RamsbyCall Number: JK1967 .A77 2008ISBN: 9780872895515Publication Date: 2007-08-01Combines detailed, state-by-state, district-by-district election results for the nation's 6,744 state legislative districts with a wide range of socioeconomic data for each district to present a comprehensive portrait of voting and demographic trends across the nation. Features data from 2000 through 2006, covering the most recent trends and updates to district lines and includes extensive state-by-state analyses and 290 maps of the district boundaries.
- Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions by Donald P. Haider-Markel; Michael A. CardCall Number: JK2408 .P623 2009ISBN: 9780872893764Publication Date: 2008-11-01Part 1 contains thematic essays on the evolution of state constitutions, direct democracy, intra-state cooperation, and states as policy testing grounds. Part 2 consists of state profiles, including political history and political environment.