Bill tracking - This is a means of following a bill (which is a proposed law) through the law-making process to get an indication whether it will pass, and become law, or not.
Constituents - The residents of a district that are represented by an elected official.
Continuity - In television editing, continuity means to edit together individual scenes in such a manner that one flows smoothly to the next without the viewer noticing the switch from one scene to another.
District - The area that votes for, and is represented by, a politician.
Legislation - The creation and enactment of laws through an official (legislative) process by a body of lawmakers.
Lobbyist - Someone arguing a specific point of view on behalf of a group or organization, as it relates to a pending law or group of laws.
Public policy - Guiding principles that people adhere to, which have not yet been officially enacted into law.
Senate session - The timeframe in which the senate considers, debates and votes on pending legislation. The New York State Senate is in session from January through June.
Term - The number of years a politician can hold his or her position before needing to run for re-election. New York State Senators are elected for two-year terms.