The 2011 Iowa Legislature will gavel into session on Monday, January 10 at the State Capitol in Des Moines. That will be the start of the 84th Iowa General Assembly, as the 2011 state legislature is scheduled to be in session for 110 days, making Friday, April 29 the last day for legislators to receive compensation for their service.
March 11 will be the first "funnel day," which is the final date for Senate and House bills to be reported out of their respective committees. April 8 is the second "funnel" day or the final day for Senate bills to be reported out of House committees and for House bills to be reported out of Senate committees.
"It is very important for farmers to contact their legislators in their hometown before the 2011 legislative session starts," says Mindy Larsen Poldberg, director of government relations for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. "Having a personal relationship with your elected officials will help your farm organization achieve its policy goals during the session."
Iowa Senate Republicans announce committee assignments
Senate Republican Leader Paul McKinley, R-Chariton, recently announced the committee assignments for the 84th Iowa General Assembly that convenes on January 10, 2011 in Des Moines. "Iowa Senate Republicans are looking forward to this upcoming legislative session and know Iowans are ready to embrace our aggressive agenda of more private sector jobs, less spending and lower taxes. We look forward to working with Gov. Branstad, Lieutenant Gov. Reynolds, the House Republican Majority and any willing Democrats who believe it is time to reduce the size of government, put more Iowans back to work and give our citizens a greater voice in government."
The following individuals will serve as ranking members on senate standing committees:
Human Resources – Jim Seymour, R-Woodbine
Transportation – Larry Noble, R-Ankeny
Education – Shawn Hamerlinck, R-Dixon
Labor & Business Relations – Pat Ward, R-West Des Moines
Local Government – Merlin Bartz, R-Grafton
State Government – Randy Feenstra, R-Hull
Economic Growth – Sandy Greiner, R-Keota
Natural Resources & Environment – Jim Hahn, R-Muscatine
Agriculture – David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan
Ethics – Paul McKinley, R-Chariton
Appropriations – Steve Kettering, R-Lake View
Commerce – Jerry Behn, R-Boone
Judiciary – Nancy Boettger, R-Harlan
Rules & Administration – Paul McKinley, R-Chariton
Veterans Affairs – Jim Seymour, R-Woodbine
Ways & Means – Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale
Government Oversight – Kent Sorenson, R-Indianola
The following individuals will serve as Ranking Members on Budget Appropriations Sub-Committees:
Administration & Regulation – Merlin Bartz, R-Grafton
Agriculture & Natural Resources – Hubert Houser, R-Carson
Economic Development – Nancy Boettger, R-Harlan
Education – Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock
Health & Human Services – David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan
Justice System – Larry Noble, R-Ankeny
Transportation, Infrastructure, Capitals – Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone
A complete listing of committee assignments can be found on the Iowa Senate Republicans' website at www.iowasenaterepublicans.com.