Prefiles, should they be the default session?


#1

As prefiling is starting in a number of states (FL, VA), I’m adding the sessions to the bills scrapers. In many cases though, there’s a term switchover that hasn’t happened yet, and i’m afraid of incorrect member data getting imported into the system if it runs a member scrape with current pages against a future session.

Should we add prefiles as the non-default session (aka put them one entry higher in the “list” so they have to be run specifically), or just add them normally?


#2

If you import bill info without having the (new) legislators that it needs to refer to, isn’t that a problem too?


#3

I think not running them by default is right, in the past what we’d done is modify the runner config to include the year for this period, but that’s burdensome & error prone. I think w/ the given system the best solution is to do as you said, add them above & we’ll have to keep a ticket around or something to move them back down.

@EdStaub: it won’t cause any major issues, but sponsors/etc. won’t be resolved until we have the people for them