1. Do get an PLT account, even if it’s just the free account to track no more than 10 items (BDRs, bills, budgets, or any mix which you can adjust at any time as many times as you wish, 10 items at a time). The free account lets you use PLT but won’t bombard you with the messages. Any paid account also gets you all the PLT messages.
To get a PLT account, free or paid, go to
2. Go to the PLT Home page (the same page where you got the account).
Read through the PLT instruction manual (attached below) and follow the instructions to learn how to use PLT.
3. On the PLT page go to Reports & Links
4. On the Reports & Links page, under PLT REPORTS click on Status of Legislation.
Note that you will see this page only if you signed in.
5. On the Status of Legislation page,
Select your filters. For example,
Subscription type: Bill
View by Tag: All
View by Committee: Assembly Committee on Education
This can be a very powerful tool to focus on bills that interest you.
A similarly powerful tool to focus your attention is the information page on committees,
When you select a committee (such as https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/79th2017/Committee/168/Overview),
and then click on the last tab, Bill Status,
you will see a report on the latest status of all the bills that the committee has considered to-date.
6. As one of the benefits of having an free unlimited PTL account, I get a daily e-mail with the subject line PLT: Status of Bills for (date) which, true to its name, lists the status of lists all bills currently going through the legislature.
Until and unless you as my fellow Legislation Analysis Committee (LAC) member tell me otherwise, I will forward this e-mail to you every day so you can see what’s been happening to bills that interest you.
7. NOTE THE FOLLOWING.
At the bottom of the Bill Status page, you can select the number items displayed per page.
Yes, you can select all items on this Bill Status page, and copy-and-paste into a text file.
You can also save out the Bill Status page by clicking on the EXPORT TO EXCEL button just above the title of the report (such as Status of Legislation – Tuesday, February 14, 2017). In the window that pops up, you can decide where and how to save this excel file.
Whenever you save out a status report, it is a snapshot at the time you did that. Bill status changes all the time, so if you want an update, you’ll have to do it on-line. The files you save out will not be updated automatically.
Any Tags and Notes you add, are yours alone. No one else will see them.
I could use a Tag on a bill to identify the person who is tracking that particular bill.
I could use a Note to show how I or the tagged person would vote on that bill.
When you view the Bill Status page on-line, you can sort on any of the columns.
So if I want to generate a report for a particular person, I can sort on Tags and save out the status report on bills that only that person is tracking.
8. You still have to tell me what your preference is.
(Peter Hennessey <firstname.lastname@example.org>)
Assuming you decide tracking only 10 bills at a time is too tedious, and you want to take advantage of our free unlimited LCA (legislator’s constituent account) which has been assigned to me to use for the benefit of all of us,
(a) Tell me what bills or committees you are tracking and I will save out and send you a daily / weekly spreadsheet on your bills, whichever way you want them to be sorted.
(b) Don’t tell me, and I will save out and send you a daily / weekly spreadsheet on ALL bills. Be prepared to scroll through hundreds of items.
9. After that, you can do whatever you please with your spreadsheet, including adding any columns you want.