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Vote Smart provides easy access to congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
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  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
May 5, 2021 IA HF 889 Prohibits the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
April 28, 2021 IA HF 802 Limits the Types of Diversity Training Schools and Governments May Offer Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
April 28, 2021 IA HF 813 Establishes a New Pathway to Create Charter Schools in the State Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
April 28, 2021 IA HF 889 Prohibits the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - House (58 - 35)
April 14, 2021 IA SF 342 Increases Qualified Immunity Protections for Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (63 - 30)
April 6, 2021 IA SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
March 25, 2021 IA HF 847 Expands the Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
March 24, 2021 IA HF 813 Establishes a New Pathway to Create Charter Schools in the State Bill Passed - House (55 - 40)
March 22, 2021 IA HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
March 22, 2021 IA HF 756 Specifies Guidelines for Acquisition and Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
March 17, 2021 IA SF 361 Establishes Guidelines for Drug Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
March 17, 2021 IA HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
March 17, 2021 IA HF 756 Specifies Guidelines for Acquisition and Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
March 17, 2021 IA SF 568 Amends Election Law Related to Amendments to the State Constitution Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
March 16, 2021 IA HF 802 Limits the Types of Diversity Training Schools and Governments May Offer Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
March 15, 2021 IA SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
March 10, 2021 IA SF 479 Prohibits State Funding to Cities and Towns that Reduce Law Enforcement Budgets Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 7)
March 10, 2021 IA SF 534 Increases Penalties for Assaulting Law Enforcement and Unlawful Assembly Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
Feb. 24, 2021 IA SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
Feb. 24, 2021 IA HF 590 Reduces the Number of Mail-In and In-Person Voting Days Amendment Rejected - House (37 - 57)
Feb. 23, 2021 IA SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 23, 2021 IA SF 356 Establishes Liability Protections for Agritourism Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 23, 2021 IA SF 389 Increases Eligibility Requirements for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 17, 2021 IA SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
Feb. 16, 2021 IA HF 415 Requires Public Schools Recite the Pledge of Allegiance Daily Bill Passed - House (91 - 3)
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)
Feb. 8, 2021 IA HF 263 Limits the Out of Pocket Cost for an Insulin Prescription at $100 Bill Passed - House (89 - 2)
Feb. 2, 2021 IA HF 228 Prohibits Open Enrollment Rejections Via Diversity Plans Bill Passed - House (56 - 32)
Jan. 28, 2021 IA SF 160 Requires Schools Provide a 100 Percent In-Person Learning Option Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
Jan. 28, 2021 IA SF 160 Requires Schools Provide a 100 Percent In-Person Learning Option Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)
Jan. 28, 2021 IA SF 159 Authorizes Publicly Funded School Voucher Credits for Students to Attend Private Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
Jan. 27, 2021 IA HJR 5 Establishes a Way for Voters to Ban Abortions Joint Resolution Passed - House (55 - 44)
Date No. Title Outcome
5/05 HF 889 Prohibits the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
4/28 HF 802 Limits the Types of Diversity Training Schools and Governments May Offer Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
4/28 HF 813 Establishes a New Pathway to Create Charter Schools in the State Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
4/28 HF 889 Prohibits the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Bill Passed - House (58 - 35)
4/14 SF 342 Increases Qualified Immunity Protections for Law Enforcement Bill Passed - House (63 - 30)
4/06 SF 587 Rescinds the Property Tax Levy on Mental Health Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
3/25 HF 847 Expands the Tuition and Textbook Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (62 - 33)
3/24 HF 813 Establishes a New Pathway to Create Charter Schools in the State Bill Passed - House (55 - 40)
3/22 HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
3/22 HF 756 Specifies Guidelines for Acquisition and Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
3/17 SF 361 Establishes Guidelines for Drug Testing Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
3/17 HF 621 Establishes Which Legal Actions can be Brought Against Firearm Manufacturers and Distributors Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
3/17 HF 756 Specifies Guidelines for Acquisition and Possession of Firearms Bill Passed - House (60 - 37)
3/17 SF 568 Amends Election Law Related to Amendments to the State Constitution Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
3/16 HF 802 Limits the Types of Diversity Training Schools and Governments May Offer Bill Passed - House (59 - 38)
3/15 SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - House (56 - 38)
3/10 SF 479 Prohibits State Funding to Cities and Towns that Reduce Law Enforcement Budgets Bill Passed - Senate (41 - 7)
3/10 SF 534 Increases Penalties for Assaulting Law Enforcement and Unlawful Assembly Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
2/24 SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
2/24 HF 590 Reduces the Number of Mail-In and In-Person Voting Days Amendment Rejected - House (37 - 57)
2/23 SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/23 SF 356 Establishes Liability Protections for Agritourism Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/23 SF 389 Increases Eligibility Requirements for Public Assistance Programs Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/17 SF 252 Prohibits Cities from Mandating Participation in the Section 8 Federal Housing Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 18)
2/16 HF 415 Requires Public Schools Recite the Pledge of Allegiance Daily Bill Passed - House (91 - 3)
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)
2/08 HF 263 Limits the Out of Pocket Cost for an Insulin Prescription at $100 Bill Passed - House (89 - 2)
2/02 HF 228 Prohibits Open Enrollment Rejections Via Diversity Plans Bill Passed - House (56 - 32)
1/28 SF 160 Requires Schools Provide a 100 Percent In-Person Learning Option Bill Passed - House (59 - 39)
1/28 SF 160 Requires Schools Provide a 100 Percent In-Person Learning Option Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 18)
1/28 SF 159 Authorizes Publicly Funded School Voucher Credits for Students to Attend Private Charter Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
1/27 HJR 5 Establishes a Way for Voters to Ban Abortions Joint Resolution Passed - House (55 - 44)

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