Tool update: Browse 2017 state legislative bills by subject

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The state’s 2017 legislative session will be dominated by discussion related to the budget. But what other topics do Connecticut’s legislators spend time on?

Last year, we built this self-updating chart to count and browse bills by subject. We’ve updated it below, and a full-screen version is available here.

The state’s website,, has many useful tools for tracking and reading bills, including a tool to browse bills by subject. However, that tool includes too many specific subjects to get a big-picture view of how the bills break down by subject.

We opted to use the Open States project data, which compiles data on state legislation across the U.S. The foundation defines a manageable number of subjects, so we used those subjects to create our expandable chart.

The Open States project was formerly run by the non-profit, open-government advocacy group, the Sunlight Foundation, but the project was spun off after cutbacks last year.

What do you think?