Bill Actions

Overview

Bill actions are a log of what happens to a bill as it progresses through the legislative process. They are printed on the front page of the bill and available via the IGA website and API.

The list of bill actions capture the bill’s progress through the three readings in each chamber, any legislators who are added or removed as coauthors or cosponsors, votes on amendments and the name of the amendment author, and what committees have considered the bill.

For example, these are some of the bill actions generated by Senate Bill 1 in 2014 as it moved through the senate:

H 02/10/2014 First Reading: Referred to Ways and Means
S 01/30/2014 Senator Miller Patricia added as coauthor.
S 01/30/2014 Senator Kruse added as coauthor.
S 01/30/2014 Representative Turner added cosponsor.
S 01/30/2014 Representative T. Brown added as sponsor.
S 01/30/2014 Referred to the House
S 01/30/2014 Third reading: Passed: Roll Call 83: yeas 35 and nays 11
S 01/28/2014 Second reading: amended, ordered engrossed
S 01/28/2014 SB 1 Amendment #1 (Holdman), prevailed.
S 01/28/2014 SB 1 Amendment #2 (Tallian), failed.
S 01/28/2014 SB 1 Amendment #3 (Tallian), failed.
S 01/28/2014 SB 1 Amendment #4 (Tallian), prevailed.
S 01/28/2014 SB 1 Amendment #9 (Skinner), failed.
S 01/28/2014 SB 1 Amendment #12 (Skinner), failed.
S 01/28/2014 SB 1 Amendment #13 (Waterman), prevailed.
S 01/27/2014 Senator Landske added as coauthor.
S 01/23/2014 Committee report; amend do pass; adopted
S 01/16/2014 Senator Smith added as coauthor.
S 01/16/2014 Senator Holdman added as third author.
S 01/14/2014 First Reading: Referred to Tax and Fiscal Policy
S 01/14/2014 Authored by Senator Hershman, Kenley.

Known Issues

  • The ‘committee’ field in the bill action representation is not being populated correctly, this will be addressed in subsequent releases of the API.

Resources

Resource Description Alternative Representations
/{session}/bill-actions All the actions for this session.  
/{session}/bill-actions/{id} Detail for the action with the given id for this session.  
/{session}/{chamber}/bill-actions All the actions for this session in this chamber.  
/{session}/{chamber}/bills/{bill-name}/actions All the actions for this bill.  

Examples

Get bill actions for January for SB001

curl -i \
     -X GET \
     -H "Accept: application/vnd.myiga.v1+json" \
     -H "Authorization: Token my4pp1c4t10nt0k3n" \
     https://api.iga.in.gov/2014/bills/sb0001/actions?minDate=2014-01-01&maxDate=2014-01-31
{
    "availableFilters": [
        "day",
        "minDay",
        "maxDay",
        "date",
        "minDate",
        "maxDate"
    ],
    "appliedFilters": {
        "maxDate": "2014-01-31",
        "minDate": "2014-01-01"
    },
    "itemCount": 20,
    "items": [
        {
            "description": "Authored by Senator Hershman, Kenley.",
            "date": "2014-01-14T00:00:00",
            "day": "06",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_auth_100_10"
        },
        {
            "description": "First Reading: Referred to Tax and Fiscal Policy",
            "date": "2014-01-14T00:00:02",
            "day": "07",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.list_110_10"
        },
        {
            "description": "Senator Holdman added as third author.",
            "date": "2014-01-16T00:00:00",
            "day": "09",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_auth_100_30"
        },
        {
            "description": "Senator Smith added as coauthor.",
            "date": "2014-01-16T00:00:01",
            "day": "09",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_auth_200_10"
        },
        {
            "description": "Committee report; amend do pass; adopted",
            "date": "2014-01-23T00:00:00",
            "day": "11",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.cr_100_10"
        },
        {
            "description": "Senator Landske added as coauthor.",
            "date": "2014-01-27T00:00:00",
            "day": "13",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_auth_200_10"
        },
        {
            "description": "SB 1 Amendment #1 (Holdman), prevailed.",
            "date": "2014-01-28T00:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.amnd_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "SB 1 Amendment #2 (Tallian), failed.",
            "date": "2014-01-28T00:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.amnd_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "SB 1 Amendment #3 (Tallian), failed.",
            "date": "2014-01-28T00:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.amnd_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "SB 1 Amendment #4 (Tallian), prevailed.",
            "date": "2014-01-28T00:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.amnd_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "SB 1 Amendment #9 (Skinner), failed.",
            "date": "2014-01-28T00:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.amnd_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "SB 1 Amendment #12 (Skinner), failed.",
            "date": "2014-01-28T00:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.amnd_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "SB 1 Amendment #13 (Waterman), prevailed.",
            "date": "2014-01-28T00:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.amnd_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "Second reading: amended, ordered engrossed",
            "date": "2014-01-28T12:00:00",
            "day": "14",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.cal_110_30"
        },
        {
            "description": "Third reading: Passed: Roll Call 83: yeas 35 and nays 11",
            "date": "2014-01-30T00:00:00",
            "day": "15",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s.cal_120_30"
        },
        {
            "description": "Referred to the House",
            "date": "2014-01-30T00:00:01",
            "day": "15",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_referred_to_House"
        },
        {
            "description": "Representative T. Brown added as sponsor.",
            "date": "2014-01-30T00:00:02",
            "day": "15",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_spon_100_10"
        },
        {
            "description": "Representative Turner added cosponsor.",
            "date": "2014-01-30T00:00:03",
            "day": "15",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_spon_100_20"
        },
        {
            "description": "Senator Kruse added as coauthor.",
            "date": "2014-01-30T00:00:04",
            "day": "15",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_auth_200_10"
        },
        {
            "description": "Senator Miller Patricia added as coauthor.",
            "date": "2014-01-30T00:00:05",
            "day": "15",
            "billName": {
                "billName": "SB0001",
                "link": "/2014/bills/sb0001"
            },
            "chamber": {
                "link": "/2014/chambers/senate",
                "name": "Senate"
            },
            "committee": null,
            "link": "/2014/bill-actions/SB0001_s_auth_200_10"
        }
    ],
    "revno": 86621
}

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