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Watch Your Legislators in Action

Monday, January 17, 2022


There is something good that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic - Iowa's Legislature is now more accessible than ever before.  Before COVID-19, Iowans could only watch debate on bills once they are voted out of committee.  Unless you went to the Capitol, you could not watch or participate in the thousands of subcommittee and committee meetings that are held each session.  That has changed.  

  • You can now watch all subcommittees and committees in the House and Senate.  You can see the daily schedule of these here.
  • You can participate in subcommittees via Zoom in the Senate, but you have to be in person to talk in a subcommittee in the House.
  • You can also watch or listen to the full House and Senate each day here.

Most people do not realize that you can also watch debates that you missed on a bill.  If you click on a bill from our Bill Tracker, just look for "House Video Archives" or "Senate Video Archives" on the left sidebar (see picture below).



Your government is more accessible to you than ever before. You can watch how things work, learn more about the things being talked about, and see how legislators work.  It's not like a class, it's real life and can help you feel more ready to advocate.  So try it out - watch some committees and see how others advocate. 



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