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2015 Calendar: Iowa Legislature

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The calendar has been set for the 2015 Iowa Legislative Session.  We call these two-year legislative cycles a "General Assembly." Here are a list of important dates to remember:

2015 Legislative Session Calendar

Monday, January 12
First day of the Iowa Legislative Session.  New legislators sworn in, and legislators get to pick their seats (desks).

Friday, February 13                       
Last day for legislators to request the bills they want to sponsor.  Committee chairs and leadership still can request bills be drafted, but individual legislators will not be able to ask for new legislation after this date.

Friday, March 6
Last day for bills to be voted out of committee.  This is called the "first funnel" - it is an important deadline because bills that do not get voted out of committee by this date are no longer able to be discussed. Work on them for the year ends - they basically die in committee.

Friday, April 3
Last day for bills to be voted out of committee in the other chamber.  This is called the "second funnel," and like the first funnel, bills that don't make it out of committee before this deadline are dead for the rest of the year.  So to survive this funnel, bills have to be voted out of their original committee, passed one chamber (House or Senate), then passed out of committee in the other chamber.  So basically, they are just a few steps away from being sent to the Governor.

Friday, May 1
The last day of session.  This is actually a goal, not a hard deadline. Legislators stop getting paid for their living expenses on the 110th day of session (May 1), but they can and often do continue to work after that time.  One year  the session ended on June 30.  Hopefully that won't happen again, because budgets start on July 1 in Iowa, and that was cutting it a bit close.  Don't want to shut down Iowa government, like the federal government did.