A Few Tips
- Bill = proposed law. Enacted = signed into law. Res = resolution (not usually policy issues so avoid these). Need a civics refresher? Watch I'm Just a Bill.
- Federal bills tend to be a bit easier to research than state bills.
- Since we are early in the legislative session, there may not be very many bills yet. To get more options, you can search bills from previous years using most of the suggested tools below.
- Don't worry too much if the % chance of a bill passing is pretty low. That's common & doesn't make the issues any less important.
- Keywords matter when you search. A search for an Iowa bill using the keywords Planned Parenthood turned up no results because that phrase is not in a bill. But a search for family planning did show results. Try synonyms and related (broader/narrower) terms.
- Think about policy research as about issues, not about politics.
Find a Federal Bill or Law
Find a State Bill or Law
If selecting state-level legislation, focus only on the state where you are registered to vote.
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