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

Quick Links

January 19, 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
Congress is up against a deadline to address FY 2018 federal funding. The third continuing resolution (CR) passed by Congress in late December is scheduled to expire at midnight tonight, and a way forward through the impasse has not yet emerged. If Congress cannot pass a budget by the deadline, the federal government risks shutting down. 

Regardless of when the FY 2018 appropriations process wraps up, the FY 2019 cycle is hot on its heels. The president will talk about his priorities for the budget in his State of the Union Address on January 30, 2018, and is scheduled to release his budget on or before February 5, 2018. 

Last year, the president's budget request eliminated  21st CCLC  funding which would have left two million children without access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs. As the budget release date approaches, stay tuned for updates and ways to take action to ensure continued support for afterschool.

State Policy Update
The 2018 state legislative session kicked off last Monday - with elections in November, this session is expected to be a short one.

Budget Process
Following her State of the State address, Governor Reynolds  released her budget recommendations for the upcoming year. You can read her budget in full here.

You can read an in-depth analysis of her recommendations here or watch a video that explains her recommendations here.
Want to know more about the budget process? This chart outlines the process for you.

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
IAA Day at the Capitol

Join the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and other afterschool advocates at the State Capitol on February 13th 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 ice cream sandwiches and space for them to present a project they have worked on in your program.

When:  Tuesday, February 13th 
             1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where:  Legislative Dining Room
Important Dates
January 8           First Day of Session

February 6         IAA Conference Call
                              2 :00 pm
                              1-800-444-2801; 2895301
Join the IAA on a conference call one week before our legislative day at the Capitol for tips and tricks to meeting with your legislators.

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 Gracie Brandsgard at
or 515-237-0340.