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It's Not Over...Until the Governor Signs the Bill.

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If you were successful in your advocacy this year, and got a bill passed, don't stop now!  It may feel like a final victory when your bill gets the votes it needs to make it through the legislative process, but there is one final and important step you won't want to overlook.  In order to become law, the bills passed by the Iowa Legislature, including budget bills, must be signed by the Governor.

The Governor has 30 days to sign bills (until June 22). He can sign a bill into law, or he can veto it   The Governor has even more flexibility when it comes to budget bills - he can "line item veto" these bills.  That means the Governor can sign the whole bill, but take out (veto) appropriations he doesn't like or thnk are necessary.

For example, the Governor could sign into law the $29.8 million appropriation to help 54 counties with the ongoing redesign of the mental health and disability services system, but veto the $13 million risk pool appropriation to help out the remaining 45 counties.

So do not make the mistake of declaring victory just yet!  It's not over until that signature is on the bill.  If you have something awaiting the Governor's signature:

  • Contact the Governor and let him know what you think. Ask him to sign bills or appropriations you want; ask him to veto those you do not like.  Make sure you reference the bill by number (for a short list look here; for a complete list of bills sent to the Governor this year click here). You can contact the Governor in the following ways:
  1. By Email here.
  2. By Phone (515-281-5211).
  3. By Letter (Governor Terry Branstad, 1007 East Grand, Des Moines, Iowa 50319)
  4. Use our Grassroots Advocacy Center to send the Governor a message here.
  • Encourage others to do the same. The more letters and contacts the Governor receives, the better your chances are of being successful.

  • Celebrate your advocacy success after the June 22 bill signing deadline passes!