Happy 2021 to all of you from IowaBio! You are subscribed to the IowaBio Bill Tracker Newsletter, and this is our first issue of the year. This newsletter--our weekly update on legislation our members care about--will hit your inbox every Friday during the Iowa legislative session. If you know someone else who should be signed up, please send them this link
January 11, 2021 marks the beginning of the 2021 legislative session of the 89th
General Assembly, the first year of a two-year legislative cycle. The session timetable can be found here
, which contains all important deadlines for session (unless later modified by agreement of both chambers) including funnel deadlines. The session begins January 11, and runs 110 days, though it may be shorter or longer. Per diems for legislators end on April 30, the scheduled last day of session.
The first week will be marked by speeches from leadership and the Governor. The Condition of the State speech by Republican Governor Kim Reynolds will be held Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the House Chamber. PBS will be providing a livestream online, and it can be watched on the Governor’s Facebook Page
. Both branches of the legislature, also lead by a Republican majority, will have agendas laid out by leadership in the first week’s speeches. Committees will also formally convene. To see committee lists for each chamber click here
This week, Senate and House leadership issued a lengthy memo on COVID-19 protocols
for the capitol and session procedures. The building is open to the public, but health checks are required and masks are encouraged. The first week Senate Calendar is here
, and the House first week calendar is here
IowaBio Update Calls
Because we are unable to hold an in-person kickoff reception and customary opening session Government Affairs Committee meeting due to COVID, IowaBio will hold an early session update call on Friday, January 22 at 10:15 via Zoom. Executive Director Jessica Hyland, IowaBio lobbyist Sara Allen, and Government Affairs Committee Chair Joe Hrdlicka, will provide background, details on session logistics (including COVID protocol), and a session update for Government Affairs Committee members and other IowaBio members who wish to join.
Subsequently at key points during session, IowaBio will hold a series of Legislative Update Zoom calls, open to the general IowaBio membership:
To sign up for these calls click here
. Jessica will also send a calendar invite out to the Government Affairs Committee list for these meetings.
IowaBio Legislative Priorities
We look forward to providing you up-to-date information about the progress of our legislative priorities as established by our Government Affairs Committee, which can be found in downloadable format here
. Please, feel free to share these with your legislators when you are speaking with them.
IowaBio’s 2021 Priorities include: