In This Issue
State Policy Update
IAA Action Center
Important Dates

Quick Links

March 3, 2017 

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance regularly monitors policy at the federal, state, and local levels to empower its members to advocate for policies that support afterschool at all levels.

During the state legislative session, we'll provide you with bi-weekly updates on the activities of the Iowa legislature, as well as federal legislation. We will also publish a final legislative update after the Governor's 30 day signing period following the end of session. 

We hope this communication is beneficial to you as you seek to advocate for and support your program at home. 

State Policy Update
First Funnel
Today marks the first "funnel", one of a few deadlines set in place to keep the legislative process moving. By the end of the day today bills must be passed out of committee from their respective chamber (Senate bills must be passed out of their Senate committee and House bills 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 bills no longer being considered after the funnel have been removed from the Legislation section below. 
IAA Action Center
Welcome to the IAA Action Center! 

Here you will find information on where and how to connect with your legislator, talking points on the importance of afterschool, and easy things you can do to be a champion of afterschool.

Here are three things you can do right now:

1. Find Your Legislator
Not sure who your legislators are? Click here to find out. You can search by address, zip code, and even school district!

2. Tell Them About Afterschool
It's important to make your voice heard and for legislators to hear from you about why you care about afterschool! Share with them your personal experience with afterschool programs in your area and the impact you see on kids and communities.

Not sure what to say? Check out these resources on afterschool, summer, and STEM for help.

The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning
Iowa STEM Stats

3. Attend a Public Forum
Every elected official hosts forums in their communities to provide updates on what's going on at the Capitol and to hear about issues that are important to their constituents. Click on one of the links below to find a forum near you.

Below is a list of proposed legislation related to before and afterschool programs. You'll find a link to the legislation, a summary of the what the legislation is proposing, the bill sponsor(s), and the most recent actions taken.

Senate File 218 Allows peace officers to carry weapons on school grounds. 
Passed out of committee and placed on the Senate debate calendar.
Important Dates
March 3           First Funnel 
Final date for House bills to be passed out of House committees, and Senate bills out of Senate committees.

March 31         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 28           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 afterschool issues in Iowa. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Gracie Brandsgard at
or 515-237-0340.