The lobbyists for LWV Iowa and local chapters are Amy Campbell and Craig Patterson of the Advocacy Cooperative. Their website is http://ww.ialobby.com/. There is a bill tracker and archive of newsletters at http://www.iowainfonet.org – both of which are invaluable during and after the state legislative session.
Iowa Legislature website: www.legis.iowa.gov
Iowa Capitol Mailing Address: Capitol Building, 1007 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa House Switch Board: 515.281.3221
Iowa Senate Switch Board: 515.281.3371
Wednesday, February 19: Virtual Lobby Day; Lobby from Home. League has many issues of concern where legislative action is the best or only remedy. Please commit time on February 19 to contact legislators. Our public policy priorities for the 2020 legislative session are listed above. Please find the issue where you most want to advocate. More information on bills pertaining to our issues will be available closer to that date.
March 11, 9:30 am - 2 pm: LWVIA Capitol Day - Lobby at the Capitol
Our lobby team of Amy Campbell and Craig Patterson will meet with League members to focus on the pressing priorities of the Legislative Session. Coffee and rolls are provided. Then small groups of League members can work together to contact legislators. More information will be available closer to this date.
We are truly a grassroots organization...
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.
Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.
Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.
It is the consensus statement -- the statement resulting from the consensus questions -- that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.