Votes.getBillsByStateRecent: Get a list of recent bills according to the state.

Description Usage Arguments Value Author(s) References Examples

Description

This function is a wrapper for the Votes.getBillsByStateRecent() method of the PVS API Votes class which returns a list of recent bills according to the state. The maximum number of bills returned is 100. The function sends a request with this method to the PVS API for all states given as a function input, extracts the XML values from the returned XML file(s) and returns them arranged in one data frame.

Usage

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Arguments

amount

(optional) the amount of bills returned (default: 100, max: 100)

state

(optional) a character string or list of character strings with the state(s) (default: "NA", for national) (see references for details)

Value

A data frame with a row for each bill and columns with the following variables describing the bill:
bills.bill*.billId,
bills.bill*.billNumber,
bills.bill*.title,
bills.bill*.type.

Author(s)

Ulrich Matter <ulrich.matter-at-unibas.ch>

References

http://api.votesmart.org/docs/Votes.html
Use State.getStateIDs() to get a list of state IDs.
See also: Matter U, Stutzer A (2015) pvsR: An Open Source Interface to Big Data on the American Political Sphere. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0130501. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130501

Examples

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# First, make sure your personal PVS API key is saved as character string in the pvs.key variable:
## Not run: pvs.key <- "yourkey"
# get a list of recent bills according to the state
## Not run: recentbills <- Votes.getBillsByStateRecent(40,list("FL","NY"))
## Not run: recentbills

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