Arkansas-based tech firm LobbyUp, a legislative bill tracking company, is expanding its service to more than a dozen other states.
LobbyUp Pro will launch Nov. 1, and will be available for iOS and Android devices. The launch will include full support for Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida, California, Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi and Missouri. Other states and the federal government will be rolling out in future releases, according to the company.
Users will be able to find their legislators, view a legislative directory with legislator profiles, a legislative committee roster, a directory of state agencies and all bills filed with a keyword search. The app will offer in-app purchases for professional tracking features, and will be available for a 15-day free trial.
“We are excited,” said Bradley Phillips, president and CEO of LobbyUp. “There is most certainly a financial barrier for most people who can’t spend thousands of dollars to watch and track laws being made. Everyone from concerned citizens to smaller associations have been priced out of the market. The new app will offer the same free features that people love with some professional tools for a couple of bucks. A state could possibly pass 3,000 laws in three months. Everybody has to pay attention and be involved. The LobbyUp app lets people do that.”
LobbyUp has also partnered with Mike Ortner of Arkansas software firm North Two Five. Ortner is now an equity partner in LobbyUp, and its chief technical officer.
“I’m extremely proud of what our team has accomplished,” Ortner said. “We’ve evolved an already successful product and are releasing it to the masses. People will have so much power in the palm of their hands.”
The LobbyUp Plus app will sell for $60 per month. Lobbyists, associations and advocacy groups will have the option to purchase LobbyUp Pro for $779 per year. It comes with all tracking features with the addition of automatic reports and a daily agenda showing which bills are in what committee. The web version and the app will sync.
LobbyUp is owned by the lobbying firm Phillips Management and Consulting Service of Conway. The company has been operating for nine years and has more than 50,000 users.