We’re pleased to release version 1.0 of the Richmond Sunlight API. After a few years of providing XML data in disparate formats, we’ve now centralized everything on a dedicated, JSON-based series of services. This means that anybody with a bit of experience in website development can make real-time queries against Richmond Sunlight’s database for bill data, legislator data, state code data, or Photosynthesis portfolios.
If you are a lobbyist or work with an interest group, that last API service should really get your attention. Now it’s possible for you to take the listing of bills that your organization is following each year and syndicate that list—along with your commentary—on your organization’s website. If you do that right now, that probably means laborious daily updates of your site, to keep your stakeholders posted on the progress of the various bills that you’re following. You won’t have to do that any more. Just get your friendly organizational web geek to look at our API documentation and put it to work for your organization.