Key Votes

2011 Iowa Key Votes

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6/30 IA HF 649 Appropriations for Health and Human Services Conference Report Adopted - Senate (27 - 18) 6/30 IA HF 649 Appropriations for Health and Human Services Conference Report Adopted - House (61 - 33) 6/08 IA SF 534 Abortion Restrictions Bill Passed - House (54 - 37) 6/08 IA HF 697 State Budget for 2011-2012 Bill Passed - House (54 - 38) 5/16 IA SF 534 Abortion Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23) 5/10 IA SF 522 Establishing a Property Tax Credit Bill Passed - House (58 - 40) 4/20 IA SF 525 Revises the Iowa Mental Health System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 23) 4/20 IA SF 526 Requires a Study to Weigh Outcomes of Authorizing Online Poker in Iowa Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 12) 4/14 IA HF 682 Congressional and Legislative Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 1) 3/28 IA HF 590 Establishes Economic Programs Bill Passed - House (66 - 33) 3/23 IA HF 617 Alcoholic Beverage Permits Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 14) 3/23 IA SF 464 Establishment of an Open Season for Hunting Mourning Doves Bill Passed - House (58 - 39) 3/22 IA HF 534 School Instructional Hours and Days Bill Passed - House (62 - 33) 3/22 IA SF 464 Establishment of an Open Season for Hunting Mourning Doves Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18) 3/15 IA SF 301 Low Interest Loans for Small Businesses Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24) 3/15 IA SF 328 Funding for Education and Employment Training Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24) 3/08 IA HF 535 Repeals Statewide Preschool Program Bill Passed - House (55 - 45) 2/17 IA HF 260 House Rule School Governance Bill Passed - House (65 - 30) 2/16 IA HF 194 Individual Income Tax Rate Reduction Bill Passed - House (62 - 33) 2/16 IA SF 166 Funding for Public Schools Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24) 2/02 IA HF 111 Purchase of Health Care Bill Passed - House (59 - 39) 2/01 IA HJR 6 Banning Same Sex Marriage Amendment Adopted - House (62 - 37)

About the Selection and Descriptions of Key Votes

Project Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and State voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Key votes typically include the initial passage of legislation and final conference report vote versions (the compromised versions of bills passed in separate House and Senate versions). 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
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  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

Descriptions of the votes are written by Vote Smart staff and based on information included in the Congressional Record, State House Journals, or Senate Journals, with additional background information from newspapers, magazines, etc. Vote Smart provides summaries for each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the final version of the bill.

The Key Votes Program follows Project Vote Smart's strict policies, procedures and structure that guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. In order to ensure that all Key Votes are non-partisan in their selection and language, each is approved by a group of over 160 political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.