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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Feb. 11, 2021 IA SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 36)
Feb. 9, 2021 IA SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
June 14, 2020 IA HF 2643 Establishes a General Fund Budget and Limits Actions of County Auditors Regarding Absentee Ballot Requests Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 41)
June 14, 2020 IA HF 2643 Establishes a General Fund Budget and Limits Actions of County Auditors Regarding Absentee Ballot Requests Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
March 16, 2020 IA SF 2408 Appropriates Funds, Expands Power of Governor, and Waives School Time Requirements in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 0)
Feb. 26, 2020 IA SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
April 27, 2019 IA HF 766 Establishes a Health and Human Services Budget for FY 2019-2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 47)
April 26, 2019 IA HF 766 Establishes a Health and Human Services Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
April 24, 2019 IA SF 634 Amends Process for Approving Local Government Budgets and Property Taxation Bill Passed - House (53 - 47)
April 24, 2019 IA SF 634 Amends Process for Approving Local Government Budgets and Property Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
March 19, 2019 IA SF 538 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
Feb. 11, 2019 IA HF 306 Increases School Funding by 2 Percent Bill Passed - House (53 - 47)
March 27, 2017 IA HF 518 Requires Certain Restrictions Regarding Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
March 16, 2017 IA HF 518 Requires Certain Restrictions Regarding Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
April 22, 2016 IA HF 2459 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Equal Pay Task Force Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
April 22, 2016 IA HF 2460 Appropriates Funding for Health and Human Services Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
April 20, 2016 IA HF 2460 Appropriates Funding for Health and Human Services Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
April 19, 2016 IA HF 2459 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Equal Pay Task Force Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
April 19, 2016 IA SF 2323 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
March 23, 2016 IA SF 174 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
March 23, 2016 IA SF 175 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
March 10, 2015 IA HF 352 Requires State Agencies to Use a Zero-Base Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
Feb. 24, 2015 IA SF 171 Amends Growth Percentage for Budget Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
Feb. 10, 2015 IA SF 171 Amends Growth Percentage for Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
April 23, 2014 IA SF 2347 2014-2015 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
May 23, 2013 IA SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 17)
May 23, 2013 IA SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 17)
May 22, 2013 IA SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 24)
May 22, 2013 IA SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 24)
May 1, 2013 IA SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
May 1, 2013 IA SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
April 30, 2013 IA HF 638 Appropriates Funds for Infrastructure Projects Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
April 23, 2013 IA SF 447 2013-2014 Justice Department Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
April 18, 2013 IA HF 604 2013-2014 Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
April 17, 2013 IA SF 447 2013-2014 Justice Department Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
April 16, 2013 IA SF 430 2013-2014 Economic Development Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
April 16, 2013 IA SF 440 Appropriates Funds for Mental Health Services Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
April 16, 2013 IA SF 439 Establishes a Tax Credit for Farmers Who Donate to Food Banks Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
April 3, 2013 IA SF 430 2013-2014 Economic Development Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
April 1, 2013 IA SF 429 2013-14 Community Colleges Budget Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
March 26, 2013 IA SF 423 Amends Education Provisions Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
Feb. 14, 2013 IA SF 161 Establishes the School Budget Growth for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
May 9, 2012 IA SF 2315 Amends the Mental Health and Disability Services Program Conference Report Adopted - House (66 - 31)
May 8, 2012 IA SF 2344 Reduces Certain Business Property Taxes Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 23)
April 12, 2012 IA S 5206 Prohibits State Funding For Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (22 - 25)
June 8, 2011 IA HF 697 State Budget for 2011-2012 Bill Passed - House (54 - 38)
April 20, 2011 IA SF 525 Revises the Iowa Mental Health System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
Date No. Title Outcome
2/11 SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - House (56 - 36)
2/09 SF 269 Appropriates Funds for Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
6/14 HF 2643 Establishes a General Fund Budget and Limits Actions of County Auditors Regarding Absentee Ballot Requests Concurrence Vote Passed - House (51 - 41)
6/14 HF 2643 Establishes a General Fund Budget and Limits Actions of County Auditors Regarding Absentee Ballot Requests Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
3/16 SF 2408 Appropriates Funds, Expands Power of Governor, and Waives School Time Requirements in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 0)
2/26 SF 2272 Establishes Computer Verification System for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
4/27 HF 766 Establishes a Health and Human Services Budget for FY 2019-2020 Concurrence Vote Passed - House (52 - 47)
4/26 HF 766 Establishes a Health and Human Services Budget for FY 2019-2020 Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
4/24 SF 634 Amends Process for Approving Local Government Budgets and Property Taxation Bill Passed - House (53 - 47)
4/24 SF 634 Amends Process for Approving Local Government Budgets and Property Taxation Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
3/19 SF 538 Establishes Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
2/11 HF 306 Increases School Funding by 2 Percent Bill Passed - House (53 - 47)
3/27 HF 518 Requires Certain Restrictions Regarding Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 21)
3/16 HF 518 Requires Certain Restrictions Regarding Worker's Compensation Bill Passed - House (55 - 38)
4/22 HF 2459 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Equal Pay Task Force Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
4/22 HF 2460 Appropriates Funding for Health and Human Services Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
4/20 HF 2460 Appropriates Funding for Health and Human Services Bill Passed - House (56 - 42)
4/19 HF 2459 Appropriates Funds and Establishes Equal Pay Task Force Bill Passed - House (54 - 45)
4/19 SF 2323 Appropriates Funds for Higher Education Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)
3/23 SF 174 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
3/23 SF 175 Increases K-12 Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (55 - 41)
3/10 HF 352 Requires State Agencies to Use a Zero-Base Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 42)
2/24 SF 171 Amends Growth Percentage for Budget Bill Passed - House (55 - 44)
2/10 SF 171 Amends Growth Percentage for Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
4/23 SF 2347 2014-2015 Higher Education Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
5/23 SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 17)
5/23 SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (80 - 17)
5/22 SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 24)
5/22 SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (26 - 24)
5/01 SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
5/01 SF 446 2013-2014 Health and Human Services Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
4/30 HF 638 Appropriates Funds for Infrastructure Projects Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
4/23 SF 447 2013-2014 Justice Department Budget Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
4/18 HF 604 2013-2014 Higher Education Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
4/17 SF 447 2013-2014 Justice Department Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
4/16 SF 430 2013-2014 Economic Development Budget Bill Passed - House (52 - 46)
4/16 SF 440 Appropriates Funds for Mental Health Services Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 17)
4/16 SF 439 Establishes a Tax Credit for Farmers Who Donate to Food Banks Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 15)
4/03 SF 430 2013-2014 Economic Development Budget Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
4/01 SF 429 2013-14 Community Colleges Budget Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 19)
3/26 SF 423 Amends Education Provisions Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
2/14 SF 161 Establishes the School Budget Growth for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
5/09 SF 2315 Amends the Mental Health and Disability Services Program Conference Report Adopted - House (66 - 31)
5/08 SF 2344 Reduces Certain Business Property Taxes Bill Failed - Senate (24 - 23)
4/12 S 5206 Prohibits State Funding For Abortions Amendment Rejected - Senate (22 - 25)
6/08 HF 697 State Budget for 2011-2012 Bill Passed - House (54 - 38)
4/20 SF 525 Revises the Iowa Mental Health System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23)

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