In This Issue
State Policy Update
IAA Action Center
Important Dates

Quick Links

February 15, 2019 

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!
State Policy Update
Senator Resigns
Yesterday, Iowa State Senator Jeff Danielson resigned from the Senate after more than a decade in office. A special election will be held to replace his district seat, which includes Cedar Falls and parts of Waterloo in Black Hawk County. Governor Reynolds will be scheduling the date for this election soon.

Helpful Links
Click  here to find your legislator.  You can search by address, 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
IAA Day at the Capitol - Rescheduled 
Due to the winter weather earlier this week, the Afterschool Snack was rescheduled. Please join the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and other afterschool advocates at the State Capitol on February 26th to meet your legislators and let them know how important afterschool is to families across Iowa.

You are welcome to bring students from your program - we'll have snacks and space for them to present a project they have worked on in your program.

When:  Tuesday, February 26th  - New Date!
             2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Legislative Dining Room
House File 78 Relates to the earliest school start date. In House Education subcommittee with Fry, Brink, and Donahue. Many similar bills filed in the House and Senate.

House File 98 Establishes an Iowa center for suicide prevention in the department of education and makes an appropriation. In House Education subcommittee with Mommsen, Hanusa, and Mascher. 

House Study Bill 18 Relates to school funding by modifying provisions relating to the collection of sales tax for deposit in the secure an advanced vision for education fund (SAVE). In House Education subcommittee with Dolecheck, A. Meyer, and Steckman.

House Study Bill 166 Establishes an interim study committee relating to the impact of state assistance program income restriction guidelines.  In House Human Resources subcommittee with Osmundson, Lundgren, and Matson. 

House File 195 Extends the period of time for collecting sales tax for deposit in the secure an advanced vision for education fund (SAVE). In House Education subcommittee with Dolecheck, A. Meyer, and Steckman.

House File 274 Requires the department of education to compile reports on physical education programs in school districts. In House Education subcommittee with A. Meyer, Gassman, and Matson.

House File 367 Establishes a legislative interim study committee to create a plan to provide universal learning and child care centers and programs. Referred to House Education Committee, awaiting subcommittee assignment. 

Senate File 28  Eliminates the Department of Education and establishes an education savings grant program and fund. In Senate Education subcommittee with Cournoyer, Quirmbach, and Zaun.

Senate File 163 Relates to state child care assistance, including eligibility and waiting list guidelines and copayment requirements. In Senate Human Resources subcommittee with Edler, Johnson, and Mathis. Many similar bills have been filed in the House and Senate.

Senate File 172 Relates to public school funding by establishing the state percent of growth. Passed Senate Education Committee.

Senate File 206 Establishes a special education interim study committee. Passed subcommittee and returned to the Senate Education Committee for a vote.

Senate File 239 Provides exemptions from immunization for a person's enrollment in any elementary or secondary school or licensed child care center. In Senate Human Resources subcommittee with Greene, Carlin, and Quirmbach.
Important Dates
February 26      IAA Afterschool Snack
                              2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
                              Legislative Dining Room

March 8             First Funnel
Final date for House bills to be passed out of House committees, and Senate bills out of Senate committees.

April 5               Second Funnel
Final date for Senate bills to be passed out of House committees and House bills to be passed out of Senate committees.

May 3               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 Britney Samuelson at
or 515-237-0340.