By Gregory S. Combs
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** TexLege currently covers the 84th legislative session. **
What is TexLege? - (Besides just a nickname for The Texas Legislature)
It's handy reference guide for visitors, voters, contributors, lobbyists, interest groups, politicians (and their staff), i.e. anyone in, around, or interested in the Texas Capitol and the politics within.
TexLege provides a fully searchable directory of legislators, their district offices, phone numbers, email addresses, web sites, campaign financing details, biographical links, twitter addresses, and Capitol office locations
Exclusive to TexLege – Unlike every other Congressional or state legislative mobile application in existence, TexLege includes a historical partisanship index to evaluate and compare the level of partisanship for individual Texas House Representatives and Senators over time. The roll call vote index originates from my doctoral dissertation and uses dimensional scaling analysis, from hundreds of thousands of record votes taken on the chamber floor over two decades.
TexLege also includes natively drawn district map overlays in a fully interactive built-in map. Want to know who your representatives are right this second? TexLege can (with your permission) use your geographic location to definitively show the boundaries of the legislative districts and their members. Not good enough? Tap and hold your finger anywhere on the map of Texas to bring up the appropriate districts.
TexLege has a full directory of committees and their membership appointments, average partisanship of the members, with phone numbers and web links for meeting schedules and bills under consideration.
Also, TexLege provides an interactive, searchable calendar to find and explore upcoming committee meetings. You can also add these meetings to iOS Calendars.
Finally, it has pre-installed zoomable/scrollable maps of the complex, the extension wings, and the surrounding area, along with points of interest and a wheelchair accessibility guide.
If you have suggestions, support requests, or simply need more information, please contact me at TexLege.com.
What's New in Version 2.8.2
Greg Combs, TexLege's sole developer, has brain cancer. This means that the future development of TexLege is on hold. I can't conceivably provide further updates to this app while I'm aggressively fighting my cancer with a craniotomy, radiation, and possibly chemotherapy. I'd love to push out updates for the upcoming legislative session but I simply have to focus on my health and killing this monster in my head before it can do more harm to me and my family. With that said, if you have the means to continue development and updates, I've open-sourced the code and am happy to share whatever I can to keep this app afloat. Contact me if you'd like to pitch in and lend a hand. It'd be a shame to see this crumble apart.
My deepest apologies to the users that experienced that annoying crash that I introduced in 2.8.1. This update fixes said crash.
I'd also like to request that you please enable the setting for automatic submission of crash information and diagnostics so that I (and other app developers) can catch and fix issues more quickly.
To enable this functionality:
- Open the iOS General Settings app
- Select 'Privacy'
- Scroll to the bottom and select 'Diagnostics & Usage'
- Check 'Automatically Send'
- Enable 'Share With App Developers'
This will allow individual app developers to receive vital crash logs. No private information is forwarded to us, only the circumstances of the crash(es).