How a Bill Becomes A Law in Ohio (Ohio Legislative Service Commission)
Make an Appointment with Me
Step 1: Your Legislator
Ohio State Legislators
Find Your Legislators by Zip Code
Find your legislator by zip code. You only need the first 5 digits. After identifying your legislators, click on the link to access their profile page. Their professional pages should provide the necessary background about the legislator.
Michigan State Legislators
FInding District Information
US Census: American FactFinder
Use American FactFinder to locate Census information by a specific geography.
American FactFinder: State Legislative Districts
Before you begin make sure you have identified your district number(s).
1. Select Geographies filter on left.
2. Select All Geographies button
3. Use the Geographic Type drop down to locate State Legislative District Upper Chamber (610) or State Leglislative District Lower Chamber (620).
4. Select your state
5. Select a version: 2010
6. Select your district
7. Add to your selections
8. Woohoo! You've now limited your results to your district
9. Use the Topic filter to identify interesting data.
10. Click on a table and view your results.
Ohio District Profiles
Produced by the Ohio Manufacturers Association in collaboration with Hannah News Service, these profiles include economic and demographic information for each house and senate district.
Step 2: Their Legislature
About the Ohio Legislature
About the Michigan Legislature
Books in the Library
The Ohio Politics Almanac
Call Number: REF JK5531 .C87 2006
Publication Date: 2006-08-01
Political Encyclopedia of U. S. States and Regions
Call Number: REF JK2408 .P623 2009
Publication Date: 2008-11-03
Step 3: The Policy
Legislative Watch Sites
Trending legislation as measured by public interest and activity. Defaulted to Ohio but other states can be selected on the top left.
Scout is a free service that provides daily insight to how our laws and regulations are shaped in Washington, DC and our state capitols. Use the filters on the left to limit to pending legislation in your home state.
Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state's capitol. Using the site is simple: enter a U.S. address or select a state to start to research bills, review voting records, contact elected officials and more.
Finding Pending Legislation: Ohio
Finding Pending Legislation in Michigan
Browse by most recent actions, search for specific bills, etc.
Step 4: Your Policy Recommendations
Use JSTOR to locate scholarly journal articles. Limit to journals relevant to this course by placing checkmarks next to both Political Science and Public Policy disciplines.
Use EBSCO to locate scholarly journal articles. Use the limiters on the left hand side of the page to only search academic journals. Consider using the date limiter if appropriate.