Underneath "Search bills and resolutions," enter either the bill number, or a keyword that may appear in its Iowa Votes descriptions. For bill numbers, it is not necessary to specify "HB" or "SB" – just enter the number.
Note: Do not enter BOTH a bill number AND a keyword at the same time - use separate searches for each.
For more on keyword searches see How can I use exact-phrase and multiple word keyword searches...
Underneath "Search Senate voting record (or House)," select either a representative or a senator,
then enter either the bill number, or a keyword that may appear in its
descriptions. For bill numbers, it is not necessary to specify "HB" or "SB" –
just enter the number.
Note: Do not enter BOTH a representative AND a senator; or BOTH a bill number
AND a keyword at the same time. Use separate searches with just one of each.
For more on keyword searches see How can I use exact-phrase
and multiple word keyword searches...
Underneath "Search Senate voting record (or House)," select either a representative or a senator,
and leave the category field set on “All categories” and the keyword field
blank. The search result will show the three most recent roll call votes taken,
the three most recent bills sponsored, and three most recent amendments offered
(if any). For the complete record in any one of these, select “view complete
list” after each section.(In the initial search, do not enter BOTH a
representative AND a senator. Use separate searches for each.)
Yes. Just go to the Advanced searches page (under the Advanced searches menu) and enter your criteria under Search
bills. To narrow the result to a particular legislator’s votes, just drop down
the page to Search Senate votes or Search House votes and do the same, after
selecting a legislator.
Multiple-word keyword searches find bills in which ALL of the words appear in
the bill description, or an amendment description. If the keyword or words
don’t appear in the bill description shown on the "Search Results" page, this
means they are in an amendment. Scroll down the amendments if displayed, or
select "History, Amendments & Comments" to display them (if there are any).
To search for an exact phrase, place quotes around the phrase. The search
engine ignores punctuation, and just looks for that particular sequence of
To search for all bills in which ANY ONE of the words appear, place OR between
If your keyword search does not turn up a bill you are looking for, or turns up
too many bills, try another keyword or words. Be creative: Try adding or
removing words, or choose different words. Also try placing quotes around your
selection of words, even if they are not an exact phrase. Remember, this
feature only searches for keywords that appear in the plain-language
descriptions – not necessarily in the text of the bill or amendment itself.
The search engine is confused by extremely common words such as "a," "the,"
"and," etc. It can also be confused by prepositions such as "of," "to," etc. Many
of these words are automatically removed from your search. However, if
you get an error message, remove these types of words and try again.
In the results for a keyword or legislative category search, only the
introduction and final passage actions for each bill are displayed. Select
[History, Amendments & Comments], found next to the bill number, to display
all actions on a bill. This includes all amendments, substitutes, votes on
passage, concurrence, conference committee action, the governor's approval or
veto, and so on.
Often bills change dramatically from their initial introduction. The bill can be
amended many times, and an entirely new bill can even be substituted for the
original. How your legislator votes on amendments can dramatically affect the
bill and can be as important as the vote on final passage.
In order to speed searches, extremely common words (such as "a," "the,"
"and," prepositions, etc.) are automatically removed from your search. If you wish
to search for a phrase containing these words, put quotation marks around the entire phrase.
offers many opportunities at different places for you to contact your or any
One way is to register your legislators' names as the default legislators. To do
so, select "Legislators" on the menu bar at the top of any page and choose
"Enter Your Legislators."
Now, enter and save the names of the legislators you would like to have
registered as your default legislators. You can also set legislators other than
your own as default legislators following the procedure described above.
To contact a legislator from the home page, first register the legislator's name
as the default legislator following the procedure described above. Then select
"Legislators" from the top menu bar and choose "Contact your Legislators." The
names you registered will appear as defaults on the screen. Along with each
legislator's photo will be a mailing address, phone number, and an e-mail link.
To e-mail the legislator, click on the highlighted e-mail link. This will open
an e-mail composition page, allowing you to enter information about yourself
and the comments you wish to send. Once you've entered information in each
field provided, click send. Your comments will then be sent to the legislature.
Please note that this page also provide the e-mail address for the legislator
if you want to e-mail him or her directly at a later time.
You can also contact legislators from the [Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"] page
which can be selected anytime you are viewing a vote on a bill. All legislators
names are show (blue and underlined) in the "supported," "opposed,"
or "did not vote" sections. Simply click
on a legislator's name to send a pre-addressed e-mail message. You must include
your name and e-mail address.
To find the names of your legislators select "Legislators" from the top menu bar
and choose "Find Your Legislator." Follow the provided links to an external web
site where you can locate your legislators.
First, search for and display the bill. All votes on the bill will be listed.
You will need to read the vote descriptions to determine which vote you are
interested in. Then, follow the link titled [Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"].
The next screen displays the percentages of Democrats and Republicans who
supported or opposed the vote. You can also register how you would have voted
and see how other citizens would have voted as well.
Once you create an account, your username will automatically appear with any
comments you register on the site. Creating an account also allows you to
subscribe to automatic e-mail notification of action on particular topics. It
also permits you to "cast your vote" on legislative actions from the [Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"] page.
To create an account, go to "Account" from the menu bar at the top of each page.
Select "Create an account" and provide the requested information. You will only
have to enter this information once. Make sure you remember your username and password.
In subsequent visits to the site, go to "Account" and then "Sign in" to make use
of your account. Note that you can choose whether or not to have your e-mail
address appear with your username.
Once you have created an account, you can modify it by logging on and selecting
"Account" from the top menu bar. Choose "Update account information" and then
make the changes you desire. Select "Save" when finished.
First, search for and display the bill. Note that you can comment on the entire
bill history, or comment specifically on a particular vote. To comment on the
entire bill history, select [History, Amendments & Comments] next to
the bill number. Then select the link [New Comments] at the bottom of
the page. Enter your comment. When you select "save" your comment will be
which define your responsibilities in posting comments. If have not created an
account and logged on, your comment will be listed under the username
"Anonymous Citizen." If do not want to appear as an anonymous citizen, create an
account and/or sign in to the site before you enter your comments. You may
choose whether or not your e-mail address appears with your comments
To read comments, simply follow the procedure above to get to the page where the
comments are listed at the bottom. Click on the comment you wish to read.
Follow the procedure above to get to the page where the comments are listed at
the bottom. Click on the comment you want to respond to. Then click on [Reply]
and post your response.
You can leave an anonymous comment by simply going to the comment area of a
page, entering your comment, and selecting "Post." You do not need to create an
account or log in. The author of your comment will be listed as "Anonymous
Citizen." No information is recorded about the identity of those who post
We can e-mail your username and a new password to you.
At the bottom of each screen, on the far left-hand side is a link titled [Bill watch list]. This page will allow you to specify the types of bills
you'd like to be notified about. Choose "Update" once you've selected your
topics. A notice will be sent to your e-mail address following each legislative
session day showing all action on bills or categories you selected.
To change your topics, re-enter the [Bill watch list] page. The topics
chosen previously will be checked. Make any changes you want, then click
"Update." Or, to cease all notifications to your e-mail address, remove all
check-marks and click "Update."
You may choose to receive notices of ALL legislative actions, instead of just
actions in certain categories. If you choose the ALL category on the watchlist
(under the "Account" tab), this will override any other category choices.
Following legislative session days you will receive one or two notices with
descriptions of every action taken in the
House or Senate. For those who want to receive notices from several categories,
this option eliminates duplications, at the price of also receiving
descriptions of actions which may not be of interest. Each bill is included in
several categories, so if, for example, you choose to receive notices on
TAXATION and EDUCATION, you get duplicate e-mails every time an education tax
bill is introduced or acted upon. ALL tells the site to ignore the categories,
and just send each and every description once.