Past session users of the preference list feature should read the help file for the preference lists. Based on user feedback there have been many enhancements to the preference list area of LAWS.
The Preference List is a feature of the LAWS system that allows users to create and maintain lists of bills, and bill drafts. This is a fast and easy way for LAWS system users to track a group, or groups, of bills throughout the legislative session.
This free service provides time savings for LAWS users who track large numbers of bills. As a user of the preference list feature you create lists of bills. Then with one click you can retrieve the latest status for all of the bills on your list. You can create and use up to twenty-five lists on your individual preference list account.
Do I need a LAWS Preference List?
The short answer is, "No," you do not need a preference list. You can use the LAWS system without a preference list to track bills, get the latest status and bill text, check floor agendas, and lookup hearing information.
The preference list will be valuable to you only if you are interested in tracking a specific group of bills throughout the legislative session. There is some setup and maintenance required to properly use a preference list. You must do this setup and maintenance. That said, the preference list is a powerful, and time saving feature if you want to regularly track the status of a group of bills.
If you only have a small number of bills you want to track you can use your browser's "bookmark" or "favorites" function to easily track those bills. Simply go to the bill(s) Detail Information page within LAWS and create a bookmark. If you do that, you do not need a preference list.
How to Establish a LAWS Preference List
First, read the terms of service below. If you understand and agree to the terms then you are ready to create your preference list account user name and password. Be sure to read the account creation screens carefully, and follow the instructions. Once you have created a preference list account, you can begin using it immediately. Okay, now you're ready to create a preference list account.
When you have created your account go to the Preference List Help Page to learn how to create, maintain, and use your list(s).
LAWS Preference List Terms of Service
The Preference List is free service of the Montana Legislative Services Division designed to assist legislative information "power users" who track a lot of bills. No guarantee of service or performance is given or implied. While the intent is to maintain this service throughout the 2001 Montana legislative session, it may be shutdown, or the addition of new service accounts may be stopped at any time. The service was provided to all users who requested it throughout the 1999 regular session, so we expect the same for the 2001 session.
This service is not supported except through the Preference List Help Page. Most users should be able to use this service without much trouble by following the instructions on the help page. If you need additional assistance you should contact a consultant or other resource to assist you. As a free service, the Montana Legislative Services Division can not, and will not be able to assist you.
Users of the Advanced Preference List Maintenance area of LAWS need a web browser that supports "frames" and a PC that will operate at a screen resolution of 800x600 or higher.
We do not disclose or otherwise make public any information you provide to use the LAWS system, or related services. To use some of the customizable features we must ask for your name, e-mail address, or other information. This information is used only for internal (internal to Legislative Services Division) processes of delivering requested content to the correct recipient.