Update from The Board of Directors
HSB 249 has also not moved out of The House Government Oversight Committee and on to the House floor for debate.
The legislative process includes working with leadership members to bring bills out of committee and also on to the floor for debate and finally a vote by all legislators in the House and Senate.
Since both of these bills are still alive but have not been brought to the floor for vote -
We need your help to contact as many members of the House and Senate as possible.
Focus on asking them work with their leadership to move these bills to the floor for debate and vote.
In our discussions with our lobbyists we understand the Senate will not be debating or passing bills this week and the House will only work on the "Standing Appropriations bill" which was passed in the Senate last week. The following week (May 25th - May 29th) could be the last week of the session depending on the budget work that needs to be completed.
So this does give us this entire week, next weekend and the first days the last week of May to work with legislators.
All if the information you need to contact Senators and Representatives is in this newsletter. We also included information on how to contact House and Senate leadership.
Like many of you I have not paid attention over the years to the true legislative process and all of the layers (sub committee, committee, bills changing numbers, majority leader role, etc) so this seems like we are doing the same thing over and over again. I do know that many of you have already done a good deal of work by contacting legislators but we need to continue to do as much as possible through the end of this session.
I also cannot over emphasize how very very critical your help is and that we only have this week, next weekend and perhaps the first few days of the last week of May to make a difference.
Thank you very much for continuing to do this important work!!!
Board of Director President
On Behalf of The Preservation of Rural Iowa Alliance