Simple keyword search question


First, I just wanted to say that this is such a great project; amazing work!

My question is pretty simple, and is about the search function on the main page (
When searching for either “energy technology”, “energy technologies”, or “energy technolog*” for California, I get 7 hits (2 of these hits are amendments of the same bill) for the entire time period 1989-2020. However, when I do the same search on the California legislative website, I get 12 hits for the 2019-2020 session and 20 hits for the 2007-2008 session for the same search query.

I was wondering if I am doing something wrong to cause this discrepancy between search results.
Is there anything I can do (e.g. rephrase my search query) to get the same search result from the Openstates search as I would on the California page?

Thank you so much for any help or guidance.

Best regards,

I think this is a CA-specific issue with parsing their PDFs, can you open a GitHub issue on so we can investigate?