Iowa Vote Tally Methodology
Iowa Vote Tally measures the amount of spending voted for by each Senator and Representative during each session of the Iowa General Assembly, as reflected by his or her floor votes in the House and the Senate. Vote information is taken from the Senate and House journals. Only “yes” votes are counted for the amount of spending at stake. “No” votes and abstentions or absences are counted as zero.
Iowa Vote Tally covers votes taken on the final floor action on authorization or appropriation bills. Amounts are recorded from fiscal information contained in the Notes on Bills and Amendments and Fiscal Notes posted on the Iowa Legislature website.
Pass-through legislation dealing with non-State-generated funds is excluded. Spending bills are included for the General Fund as well as the other funds maintained by the State government.