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What's your legislator up to? Find out via app

Here are some high-tech ways to help you see what government is up to.

Find your congressperson and see what he or she is doing with Pocket Congress, an iPhone app by Joseph Vadala.

A good feature of this app is its display of the latest tweets by senators and representatives. And, using Pocket Congress, you can then tweet directly at them. The app is $1.99.

Also of service in dogging the politicians are the mobile apps from the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation. Both of the Sunlight Foundation apps mentioned here are free for Android and Apple devices.

The first, Congress, is an app for tracking bills through the Washington labyrinth, following individual member activities, and keeping tabs on actions of the numerous House and Senate committees.

Look at "Latest Activity" for daily reports on bills introduced and acted upon. Search for a legislator. Each representative and senator has an "about" screen with contact information, icons for jumping to the legislator's Facebook page, YouTube account, Twitter feed and Web page. You'll also see a map of the lawmaker's district.

Tap for a separate map showing the location of the legislator's office in Washington. Or, tap to call his or her congressional office and lodge your complaint or support.

Separate tabs in the Congress app list measures sponsored by lawmakers and their day-by-day voting records.

Open States is an app for following state governments. First, the app will use your location to tell you who your state representatives are.

The screen for each representative displays links to district maps, a biography from the watchdog group Project Vote Smart, official state Web pages for the legislative body and for the member, campaign contributions compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Center for Responsive Politics, and bills authored or sponsored by the legislator.

What's your legislator up to? Find out via app 10/18/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 20, 2013 6:24pm]
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