List of bills based on the subscription
The politicians keep passing bills after bills since oftentimes they have a majority in the house. More often than not, those bills benefit corporations, and the citizens are completely unaware of it. We wanted the voters to know about the current bills being debated at the local level and engage with it before it's too late.
What it does
You choose a few keywords, such as
mental health, and this app sends you emails
every day (or every week--based on how frequently you want updates) a list of bills that match your
How I built it
I used Flask as a framework. MongoDB to power the backend. I'm pulling legislative data using OpenStates API
Challenges I ran into
Using a non-relational database. Figuring out the appropriate project structure for an app this size
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
The backend is fully functional, including the database and text analysis
What I learned
Keep working on a problem and not giving up.
What's next for EngageCitizens
Have a fully functional and nice frontend. Fix the finnicky SMTP email client. Add some testing.