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Bill Text Search Tips

The Search link under the Session Menu provides quick access to bill text through the following features:
* Stemming—Search results include suffixes of word used (work, worked, working)
 
* Single and multiple wildcard characters:
  • Use an asterisk as a wildcard at the end or beginning of a word to expand the search results. For example, govern* for govern, governs, governing, government, governmental, governor.
  • To fill in a missing variable, use a question mark as a wild card at the end, beginning or anywhere within a portion of a word. For example, wom?n searches for woman, women, etc.)
* Boolean Operators (and, or, not) to refine queries

flsenate.gov searches are not case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case.

 
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Elements of the Search Page

Simple Searches

The simplest way to search for information is to type a keyword or number into the Search box, and hit the Enter key or click the Search button. The last action related to that bill(s) for the selected year and chamber will be displayed.

Example:

When cat is entered into the search box, and the search button is clicked,

cat search screen shot

three search results are displayed showing last actions for bills containing the word cat. They are shown below.

cat search result screen shot

Example:

When 124 is entered into the search box, and the search button is clicked,

124 search screen shot

21 results are displayed showing last actions for bill 124. The first three returns are shown below.

124 search result screen shot

If a search for your typed word or phrase did not turn up what you were looking for, try rephrasing your query. For example, searches on car and motor vehicle return different sets of results. flsenate.gov only searches for pages that exactly match your search terms.

Stemming

Your search result may contain suffixes of the word used. This is called stemming. For example: If you search for the word bicycle, your search will return a broad result on bicycle, bicycles, and bicycling.

Wildcards

If stemming does not return a broad enough result, use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard at the end or beginning of a word, or for a portion of a word. For example: If you type govern* in the Search box, the search will return a broad result on Govern, governs, governed, governing, government, governmental, governor. To fill in a missing variable, use a question mark as a wild card at the end, beginning or anywhere within a portion of a word. For example: search for fi?? will result in finding documents for file, firm, film, etc.

Advanced Searches

To narrow the search results, use multiple-words, a number or a phrase to find the exact document needed. Multiple-word searches are two or more words separated by spaces.

Example:

When minority business is typed into the search box, 11 returns appear. The first three results are shown below.

minority business search result screen shot

Example:

When 287.063 is entered into the search box, the results include linked references to bills that contain that number in the text.

287.063 search result screen shot


 

Boolean Operators

Specify words, exclude words, or add complex combinations of words to be queried by using Boolean Operators. Boolean Operators should be represented by words (and, or, not) and not symbols (&, |, ^). For example, a search for dog and cat will result in documents with both dog and cat.


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