How do you find out when a new law is proposed? Whether it's a proposed regulation or a bill (i.e. proposed act), knowing what's coming down the pipe is essential for government relations staff, the C suite and regulatory compliance. A major US legal consultancy (Seyfarth Lean) recently published a blog post about this challenge and why technology is the answer. Trade associations are a good way to keep abreast of new information but most people don't know that there's now software that can help with this problem.

OntarioMonitor.ca provide a "push" service where new laws that are relevant to users (i.e. using keywords to filter) are delivered to their inbox. In the US there are similar services like LexisNexis State Net. This approach ensures that people aren't blind-sided by an unexpected legal rule (often regulations are the biggest surprise since bills usually get more media coverage).

It's also important to keep track of which aspects of laws that are already on the books are now in force ("Royal Proclamation"). The OntarioMonitor approach to this is to track which sections of bills are not proclaimed yet so that users can select which acts they want to know about. Attempting to manually track just proclamations would take hours each month.

So if you're someone who needs to know about laws, do yourself a favour and investigate which technological solutions are out there. Everyone uses a calculator for math. You should be using software to understand legal changes.