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March 2, 2018 

State Policy Update
First and Second Funnel
The first funnel was Friday, February 16th, and is one of a few deadlines set in place to keep the legislative process moving. By this date, bills must have been passed out of committee from their respective chamber (Ex. Senate files must be passed out of their Senate committee and House files must be passed out of their House committee) in order to continue in the legislative process. 

If bills are not passed out, they are considered "dead" and cannot be debated or voted on. Exceptions to this rule are Appropriations bills, Ways and Means bills, government oversight bills, and bills from leadership.

The second funnel is March 16, 2018. 
House File 2321 Relates to the duties of the department of workforce development regarding criminal history checks and certain  state unemployment insurance law matters. Placed on Debate calendar. Amendments filed.

Senate File 2272 Relates to community college accreditation. Passed by Senate on February 27, 2018. Referred to House Education Committee.  
Senate File 2353 Related to the membership and duties of the state and local workforce development boards and related responsibilities of the department of workforce development. Passed by Senate on February 28, 2018. Referred to House Labor Committee. 
Important Dates
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
100th calendar day of the session and the date per-diem expenses will end.

This update is a bi-weekly publication intended to share information and resources regarding legislative activities, events, and bills related to workforce issues in Iowa. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Michelle Rich at