Iowa Votes gives users instant access to concise, plain language and objective descriptions of every single bill, amendment, and vote that takes place in the Iowa legislature. Unlike any other bill tracking utility, Iowa Votes, is unique because all legislative actions are described - not just those selected by a particular interest group. It is searchable by legislator, keyword, and 50 subject categories, so users can create their own custom "voting record guide."
Iowa Votes has all these features:
Iowa Votes also provides citizens with an on-line forum where they can exchange views with others about specific bills or other Iowa public policy or political issues. A “point of view neutral” blog invites users to post comments on topical issues of the day. Specialized wikis concentrate the dispersed knowledge of many users to create even greater transparency regarding individual legislators, Iowa judges, local units of government and school districts. Finally, a blog aggregator displays the latest posts from Iowa’s leading political and public policy blogs, right, left and center.
Iowa Votes is a free public service of the Public Interest Institute, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational institution. Its purpose is to inform citizens, community leaders, business people, media, and public officials about legislation that affects their families, schools, jobs and communities. The site empowers citizens to take a more active part in the democratic process, and hold their elected representatives accountable.
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About IowaVotes.org descriptions: The descriptions on this site are assembled by the editor from a variety of sources. Bill sponsors, legislative analysts, and policy specialists from the Public Interest Institute and from many other organizations are often consulted to provide background and context for particular bills or votes. Many descriptions contain verbatim passages from bill analyses created by non-partisan legislative staff, and other non-copyrighted public sources.
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