LEGISLATIVE UPDATES


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Legislative Updates


This webpage is designed to help you stay current on legislative issues concerning our liberty to home educate our children.

We can also alert you to issues of importance to Iowa homeschooling families via our Constant Contact Homeschool Iowa E-lert Notifications.  

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Legislation Related to Homeschooling


Please note that the Iowa Legislature operates from January to late spring within a 2-year General Assembly framework and according to scheduled deadline rules.

A General Assembly is a legislative period that consists of two regular legislative sessions.

The first session of a General Assembly is held in odd-numbered years and lasts for approximately 110 calendar days. The second session is held in even-numbered years and lasts for approximately 100 calendar days.

When the new General Assembly convenes, we will begin to add bills that can potentially affect Iowa homeschooling families.

As the calendar year progresses, some of the bills listed may no longer be under active consideration because they failed to make their way through scheduled Legislature "funnel" deadlines.

As bills are added, you can click on the link provided at the bottom of each bill description below to view the current status of the bill.


Legislation Introduced in the Now-Closed 2018 Session:
The 88th Iowa General Assembly was called to order on Monday, January 14, 2019
Most of the first week of session is ceremonial.
  • On Monday, Speaker Linda Upmeyer, Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, and Speaker Pro Tem Matt Windschitl gave their opening remarks, encouraging legislators to move beyond the campaign and the rhetoric to work together for Iowa

  • On Tuesday, Governor Reynolds gave the Condition of the State Address. Her theme was "The Time is Now," focusing on several topics: K-12 education funding, mental health for children and adults, broadband internet access, workforce development, second chances and changes to criminal justice, and victims' rights. She presented a budget that spends 97.36% of the on-going revenue in the General Fund.

  • On Wednesday, Chief Justice Mark Cady gave the Condition of the Judiciary Address, in which he expressed his concern for access to justice for all, both urban and rural residents.

  • On Thursday, Major General Timothy Orr, The Adjutant General, gave the Condition of the National Guard Address, reporting on the value added to our state and nation by the National Guard since 1839.
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