In This Issue
Federal Policy Update
State Policy Update
IAA Action Center
Legislation
Important Dates

Quick Links

February 16, 2018 

During the state legislative session, the IAA sends out a bi-weekly legislative update. In these emails you'll get an update on what's going on at the State Capitol, and in Congress, as well as actions you can take to advocate for afterschool!

We hope this communication is helpful to you!
Federal Policy Update
On Monday, February 12, President Trump released his budget proposal for FY19 that included no funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers. Also zeroed out was the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that provides funds for AmeriCorps, VISTA, and SeniorCorps volunteers.

It is recommended that you follow discussions in both the House of Representatives and Senate appropriations committees to get a sense for what the two chambers are planning for funding the programs. The President's budget is just a proposal, and next it goes to the House and Senate for their proposals before the two chambers come to agreement on a final appropriations bill. 

State Policy Update
Helpful Links
Click here to find your legislator. You can search by city, school district, county, or zip code.

To find bios, contact information, and photos of all the legislators, go to the Legislators page on the Iowa Legislature website. Select either "Senators" or "Representatives" on the left-side menu to see a complete list of all members, including links to their information page and district map. 

For a complete list of Senate and House committees and members, click here.

For a full list of Senate and House leadership, click here.
IAA Action Center
Please take a moment to thank any of the following legislators (if they are yours) who attended the IAA Afterschool Snack at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 13 by sending them a quick email.

Representative Bruce Bearinger, Oelwein
Senator Nate Boulton, Des Moines
Representative Wes Breckinridge, Newton
Senator Jeff Danielson, Cedar Falls
Senator Dan Dawson, Council Bluffs
Representative Dave Deyoe, Nevada
Representative Mary Gaskill, Ottumwa
Senator Thomas Greene, Burlington
Senator Dennis Guth, Klemme
Representative Lisa Heddens, Ames
Representative Dave Jacoby, Iowa City
Senator Craig Johnson, Independence
Representative Kevin Koester, Ankeny
Representative Bob Kressig, Cedar Falls
Representative John Landon, Ankeny
Representative Phil Miller, Fairfield
Representative Walt Rogers, Cedar Falls
Representative Art Staed, Cedar Rapids
Senator Rich Taylor, Mount Pleasant
Legislation
House File 2073 Allows schools to use at-risk students funding to cover salary, benefits, and professional development of licensed psychologists, licensed social workers, and licensed mental health counselors. Did not pass out of Education Committee by funnel deadline.

House File 2085 Makes elementary students eligible for school transportation to or from an in-home child care setting if it is within school boundaries but more than two miles from the school Did not pass out of Education Committee by funnel deadline.
 
House File 2138  Creates a task force to create a unified educational data system. Did not pass out of Education Committee by funnel deadline.
 
House File 2176 Requires school employee training and protocols relating to suicide prevention and trauma-informed care. Did not pass out of Education Committee by funnel deadline.

House File 2204  Requires all ninth graders to complete cultural competency coursework.
Did not pass out of Education Committee by funnel deadline.

House File 2350 Requires school employee training and protocols relating to suicide prevention and trauma-informed care. Passed out of Education Committee. On debate calendar.

Senate File 455 Relates to school district finance by modifying provisions relating to the calculation of the regular program state cost per pupil and the regular program district cost per pupil, and by establishing a supplementary weighting plan for certain mandatory school district transportation costs and including effective date provisions. Passed out of committee. Placed on debate calendar. 

Senate File 2046  Requires community colleges and regents universities to waive tuition for students majoring in programs leading to in-demand career fields.
Did not pass out of Education Committee by funnel deadline.

Senate File 2113 Requires school employee training relating to suicide awareness and prevention. Passed out of committee and placed on debate calendar.

Senate File 2137 Relates to school bus route ride time
limitations. Passed out of committee and placed on debate calendar.  
Important Dates
January 8           First Day of Session

February 13       IAA Afterschool Snack
                              1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
                              Legislative Dining Room

February 16       First Funnel
Final date for House bills to be passed out of House committees, and Senate bills out of Senate committees.
 
March 16            Second Funnel
Final date for Senate bills to be passed out of House committees and House bills to be passed out of Senate committees.

April 17               Target Adjournment Date
This update is a bi-weekly publication intended to share information and resources regarding legislative activities, events, and bills related to afterschool issues in Iowa. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Michelle Rich at mrich@sppg.com