Know your Legislators
Find the names and contact information for your legislators. (Click on their name, to see their specific information)
Know your Legislation
- Search for a bill by keyword or bill number. Click Current Bill History (left side) to learn about it's status. Once there, you may also see how your legislator voted on a bill by noting where it says Passed House (or Senate) and clicking on the journal page number listed (i.e. S.J. 265).
- Find information about upcoming committee hearings.
Writing to Legislators
Use the following guidelines when sending sending letters or emails to your legislators.
- Use your home address, and be sure that it is on both the letter and the envelope.
- Do not use your school or college email account or letterhead to contact legislators.
- Send typewritten (not hand-written) letters. Use your spell checker and edit carefully.
- Address the letter to "The Honorable _____________", and for the salutation use "Dear Senator ____________" or "Dear Representative ______________".
- State who you are and your purpose in writing.
- Be concise. Legislators have a full plate of issues and will appreciate a brief, clear synopsis. Use bullet points.
- Discuss only one bill or issue in the letter. If you are writing about a specific bill, refer to that bill number whenever possible.
- Be factual and respectful.
- State your reasons for your viewpoint. A few well researched arguments are better than a long list of general reasons for your views.
- Relate it to home. Help the legislator understand why your position is important to his or her constituents. Include specific facts about how a bill will impact educators, students or schools in their district. Include a story to illustrate a bill's impact.
- Offer to act as a resource for further information.
- Request a reply explaining the legislator's views on the topic.
- Be sure to include a thank you statement.
- And note that legislators rarely receive thank you notes. If you send one to a legislator who is supportive of your issues, it will be remembered!
- Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Advocacy Information
- American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Advocacy Information Position papers, information on current legislation, key committees, and other useful information.
- Iowa General Assembly
- Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board Information on ethics, lobbying, campaign contributions, and a section on laws, rules, and opinions.
- Voter Information for Iowa Residents Register to vote, find your polling place.
- League of Women Voters of Iowa Non partisan legislative and election information.
- Educause Public Policy Site Their mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Their well-researched policy site includes white papers, research, federal bill tracking, and calls to action.
- Project Vote Smart Founded in 1992, this group is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that does not accept money from lobbyists, governmental organizations, corporations, labor unions or other special interests. Enter your 9-digit zip code and find all of your elected state and federal representatives.
Know your Lobbyists
Find general information about your lobbyists. Click Search Lobbyist Declarations (second line) for information on how they registered on a specific bill.