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Legislative Session Shuts Down Amid Coronavirus Fears

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The Iowa Legislature announced session will be suspended for at least 30 days.  That means legislators will not be at the Capitol until at least April 15; leaders said they will follow public health guidelines when deciding when to restart the session clock.  Since the week of March 16 was a funnel week, we fully expect some changes to be made to allow priority bills caught in the shut down to advance.  Legislative leaders and those legislators serving on budget subcommittees will continue to work on their budgets, so that work can continue outside the gold dome.  From an advocate's standpoint, continue to stay in touch with your legislators and talk about your priorities with them via email, text, or calls to their home/cell phones. You might ask them the best way to stay in touch over this 30 day shut down.

Also note that the planned March 16 government oversight committee meeting to discuss the DOJ investigation of Glenwood is also cancelled.  The Government Oversight Committee meets throughout the year, so it could reschedule the meeting for a time outside of session.