Starlight is a simple reference tool for staying informed about upcoming legislation in the United States Congress and easily accessing the phone numbers of your local representative legislators. The first time you open the app it will prompt you to find your legislators with either your device's location or by entering your home address. Saving your legislators will make them accessible to call directly from a bottom toolbar which will show their names. Upcoming bills can be viewed as a list, and selecting one will open a PDF of its latest version hosted by the US Government Publishing Office ( gpo.gov ).
Because phone calls are significantly more effective than social media or email, only the legislators' office phone numbers are accessible through the app. Tap on a representative's name to start a call to their Washington DC office.
Starlight is powered by the Sunlight Labs Congress API, which provides data publicly listed in the United States Congress directory maintained on GitHub at https://github.com/unitedstates/contact-congress . The app's congressional contact information will be as up-to-date as these resources upon which it depends.
Starlight is not affiliated with Sunlight Labs. To learn more about the Sunlight Foundation and other open government resources, please visit sunlightfoundation.com , govtrack.us , and congress.gov
This version of the Starlight app does not record any location information. Some data received from the API will be persisted locally to save on network requests. Choosing to save your legislators only stores them locally on your device. Starlight does not transmit any activity information with the exception of necessary fields provided to the Sunlight API. Developer analytics may be added in a future release, but these will not record personally-identifying information (PII). The project's source code is available on GitHub for public scrutiny.
• Your home legislators can now be permanently saved and called from the new bottom toolbar.
• The application has been reorganized to use a left side menu for navigation. This will allow easy navigation to additional features in upcoming versions.
• Bill information received from the Sunlight API will now be stored temporarily for the duration of the same day in order to save on API requests.
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