By: *Varun Chandola, Nadya Calderon, Scott Cambo, Christopher Lazarus, Raphael Stern
Date: Aug. 14, 2014, 8 p.m.
Government legislation is not designed for readability, and their volumes of text are not easily analyzed. Advocacy and research groups would like a way to digest bills quickly, filtering out the bureaucratic jargon and leaving the important details. The Sunlight Foundation is a nonpartisan nonprofit that uses technology to make governments more accountable. Their API for federal bills are valuable streams of legislative text that can be used for analysis given the right tools.