Introduction to Abstract

Learn the basics

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First, to login, visit In the top right corner, click here to sign in.

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Our landing page includes quick access to key features: quickly add or edit tags, create bill lists, access your library, watch video tutorials, contact support, or view legislative guides created by pros exclusively for Abstract. We've also included external links to sites our users use every day, such as the CA Senate Daily File.

On the left side of your page is the navigation bar. From here, you can access Home, Search, Library, Calendar, Alerts, Resources, Directory, and Settings.

On the Search page, you can search for Bill Slugs and keywords. Simply type in your query and hit enter. You can also use the filters below the search bar, like date and measure status.

To view a bill, simply click on it to open the bill page. The header of the bill page contains the bill slug and legislative keys. You can download the bill PDF by clicking on this button.

To view all authors of a bill, click on the author dropdown in the bill page's header. Then, click on any legislator to view their contact information and their staffers' contacts.

Below the header, under bill information, you can view the status and history of a bill. Bill analyses will be shown in this bottom section.

The bill text page contains all bill text; any changes in the language will be shown in red text with strikethroughs.

The panel on the right hand side of your page is where you can find tags and notes. Here, you can quickly tag a bill for a client, issue, position, or more. You can also create a note to quickly add your thoughts to a bill.

Next, your Library is where you can save your Lists (also known as Reports). You can also create folders to organize your Lists.

The Calendar page on Abstract is an easier way to view scheduled committee hearings and floor sessions, all in one place. Simply set your desired date range, and scheduled committee hearings and floor sessions will be shown below. You can also add a hearing to your personal calendar by clicking the โ€œAdd to Calendar" button.

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