In This Issue
Federal Policy Update
State Policy Update
Legislation
Important Dates

Quick Links

March 2, 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.
Legislation
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.

House File 2441 Relates to school district funding and the authorized purposes for the expenditure of school district
funding. Passed out of committee and placed 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 Senate on February 26, 2018.

Senate File 2113 Requires school employee training relating to suicide awareness and prevention. Passed Senate on February 20, 2018 and referred to the House Education Committee. Passed on file on February 22, 2018 by the House.

Senate File 2137 Relates to school bus route ride time
limitations. Passed Senate on February 20, 2018 and referred to House Education Committee. 

Senate File 2358 Relates to authorized expenditures of moneys received by school districts for at-risk programs, alternative schools, and dropout prevention programming. In Appropriations Committee. 
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