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The Legislature is back in session, and it's been a very busy two weeks despite the snowy ultra-cold conditions blanketing the state.  Your elected officials hit the ground running with a passionate Condition of the State speech from Iowa's first woman Governor Kim Reynolds and intense committee meetings focusing on recent child foster care deaths and the mess that is our Iowa Medicaid program.

Legislators are in for a short session this year - only 100 days.  Legislative leaders say they want to shorten that to just 90 days, which means your state legislators are going to be instructed to get their priorities set and work fast in order to wrap things up by early April.

We've already had one legislative deadline pass (January 19 was the last day legislators could ask for bills to be drafted).  Another one is coming up soon (February 16) - the so-called "first funnel" when bills need to make it out of their first assigned committee.   So look for a lot of subcommittee and committee work on bills over the next two weeks.  If you want to weigh in on the issues with your legislators: 

  • Check out the list of bills being considered in our Bill Tracker.  
  • Email your legislators using our brand new Grassroots Advocacy Center.
  • Go to a local forum and ask for support/opposition for the bill (list of local forums).
  • Always reference the bill number you are talking about & explain why and how it will impact you (or why you like/dislike it).
  • Request changes if you have an idea to make the bill better.  You'd be surprised how many legislators get great ideas from advocates - and those ideas may end up in Iowa Law!

You've heard us say how important it is to get involved and advocate.  Now is the time to speak up; your story might be the one that changes everything.  In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."