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New Year, New Session

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The New Year is here, and with it comes a new legislative session. Legislative leaders in both House and Senate, both Democrat and Republican, are promising a fast and (relatively) uneventful session. They say their priorities are fixing the state’s roads and bridges, creating more jobs, making sure all Iowans have access to broadband Internet, and support for alternative fuels.

Legislators have goals coming into this session. Do you? Have you thought about what your priorities will be for this legislative session? Organizations and associations put together legislative agendas each year for legislators to consider. These agendas are their “asks” for the year – what they want legislators to do for them. So why not put together your own agenda and share it with your legislators. It can be as easy as this:

  • Is there something you want to see changed or a program you want to see better funded? In one or two sentences, explain the problem and why it is important to you personally.

  • Write down what you want. What is the solution? What are you asking legislators to do?

  • Give this to your legislators -­ mail it, email it, give it to them in person or talk about it at a forum.

In this issue of infoNET, we have highlighted the legislative priorities of several organizations that advocate on issues impacting Iowans with disabilities. We have only listed the request they are making to legislators. Most organizations have much more detail in their legislative agendas, including statistics and reasons for the requests. If you would like more information, please go to their websites or contact them at the emails and phone numbers listed. 

We hope that the ideas presented get you started in making your own legislative priorities for 2014, and help you connect with others that care about the same issues