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2018 Legislative Updates

2018 Legislative Updates

The Iowa Legislature Adjourns: End of Session Highlights

May 15, 2018

The 2018 Iowa Legislature adjourned on Saturday, May 5th. From this date, Governor Reynolds has 30 days to sign or veto legislation. Here are highlights of legislation adopted this year that have an impact on UNI.

SF 2117 Mid-Year Deappropriations bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 18

  • Cuts $10.9 million of current year funding to the University of Iowa and Iowa State University; specifically included language to hold UNI harmless from any mid-year budget cuts.

SF 2415 Education Budget bill for FY 19

  • Appropriated a new, lump-sum $8.3 million to the Board of Regents for allocation to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and UNI. The funds are to specifically support new strategic initiatives, meet enrollment increases, meet the demand for new courses and services, to fund new but unavoidable or mandated cost increases, and to support any other initiatives important to the core functions of the universities.
  • All UNI budget line-items are funded at the same level as FY 18: 
    • General Operating Budget funded at $93,712,362 
    • Recycling and Reuse Center funded at $175,256 
    • Governor's STEM Advisory Council funded at $5,446,375 
    • Real Estate Education Program funded at $125,302

 HF 2493 Economic Development Budget bill for FY 19

  • Status quo funding for UNI’s business and community services (BCS) from the Skilled Worker and Job Creation Fund. This includes $1,066,419 for UNI’s economic development programs, where at least $617,638 of this amount is to be allocated to support entrepreneurs through the Center for Business Growth and Innovation and Advance Iowa. Expenditures for research must go toward projects that will provide economic stimulus for Iowa and emphasis must also be provided to services to Iowa-based companies.
  • The Regents Innovation Fund is also provided status quo funding of $3 million to the three public universities where $900,000 is allocated to UNI.

SF 2414 Infrastructure Budget bill

  • No funding to UNI for the renovation and modernization of the Industrial Technology Center. We had requested $36.2 million over three years. We've laid some great groundwork and in the year ahead we are encouraging legislators and legislative staff to tour the building in the hopes of securing this funding next year.

HF 2502 Standings and Miscellaneous Budget Bill

  • Makes changes to the Iowa Energy Center’s funding. Currently, gas and electric utilities collect an assessment from customers and remit the funds to the State with 85% of the amount collected appropriated to the Iowa Energy Center and 15% to the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. Last year, legislation was enacted to discontinue this remittance to the state starting July 1, 2022.  HF 2502 changes how the funding to the Iowa Energy Center will be allocated, as follows:
    • FY 2019 – All to the Energy Center
    • FY 2020 – the first $1.28 million to the State’s general fund, with the remainder to the Center
    • FY 2021 – the first $2.91 million to the State’s general fund, with the remainder to the Center
    • FY 2022 - the first $3.53 million to the State’s general fund, with the remainder to the Center

Other policy bills of interest:

HF 648 – Makes technical changes to Iowa’s career and technical education programs and partnerships law. The bill went into effect upon enactment of April 26, 2018.

HF 2235 – Requires the K-12 statewide assessment be developed by the Iowa Testing program within the University of Iowa.

HF 2253 – Construction projects and improvements built by a private contractor under a lease or a lease-purchase contract with the Board of Regents and other state and local governmental agencies would be subject to the same competitive bidding requirements currently in law as they relate to contract bidding. The bill applies to lease-purchase contracts entered into on and after April 4, 2018.

HF 2297 – Makes changes to when boilers and water heaters need to be inspected.

HF 2354 – Restricts third parties who receive K-12 student data from using it for targeted advertising.

HF 2390 – American Sign Language would be considered a world language to meet accreditation standards, as part of a foreign language class taught in Iowa high schools.

HF 2458 – Implements the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa recommendation to help 70 percent of Iowa's workforce have education, training or recognized certification beyond high school by 2025. The scholarship programs contained in the bill are effective on July 1, 2019.

SF 385 – Makes revisions to the uniform athlete agents law.

SF 475 – Provides several changes to Department of Education requirements. Contained in the bill is a provision that requires a financial literacy course for all high school students before they graduate, starting July 1, 2019 (this language was amended in SF 2415, the education budget bill). The bill also allows all of Iowa’s 333 school districts to have an online program.

SF 481 – Requires enforcement of immigration laws and prohibits sanctuary cities.

SF 2113 – By July 1, 2019, school boards would be required to have one hour of nationally recognized training on suicide prevention and post intervention for all licensed school personnel who have contact with students in grades K-12.

SF 2114 – Moves the teacher preparation requirements within the Board of Educational Examiners Code Sections to the Department of Education Code Sections.

SF 2131 – Allows home-schooled children to take classes from Iowa Learning Online, at their own expense. An Area Education Agency Online Learning Working Group is established where the AEAs, in collaboration with the community colleges and the department of education, identify effective means by which students may access educational instruction and content online and identify partnerships between existing providers of rigorous and high-quality online coursework. They are to report their findings to the Governor and Legislature by October 15, 2018.

SF 2235 – Creates a criminal penalty for critical infrastructure sabotage, which includes any publicly owned land and buildings.

SF 2318 - Relates to the issuance of high school credit for satisfactory completion of high school-level units of instruction.

SF 2360 – Creates a Dyslexia Task Force, which over the next 18 months is to come up with recommendations relating to dyslexia response. The recommendations must include student screening, interventions, teacher preparation and professional development, classroom accommodations, and assistive technology. UNI will provide a higher education representative on the task force and a representative of the University of Iowa Reading Research Center will also be on the task force.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 16

April 27, 2018

This week we’ve finally seen copies of the budget bills. All of them have been filed except for the health and human services budget bill. We are also waiting on the tax bill agreement.

Here are the bill numbers for the budget bills that have been filed:

SF 2416 ADMINISTRATION & REGULATION – on Senate Calendar

HF 2491 AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES – on Senate Calendar

SF 2409 AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES – on Senate Calendar

HF 2493 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – on Senate Calendar

SF 2410 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – on Senate Calendar

SF 2415 EDUCATION – on Senate Calendar

HF 2495 JUDICIAL BRANCH – on House Calendar

SF 2411 JUDICIAL BRANCH – on Senate Calendar

HF 2492 JUSTICE SYSTEMS – on House Calendar

SF 2412 JUSTICE SYSTEMS – on Senate Calendar

SF 2414 REBUILD IOWA INFRASTRUCTURE FUND (RIIF) – on Senate Calendar

HF 2494 TRANSPORTATION – on Senate Calendar

SF 2413 TRANSPORTATION – on Senate Calendar

HSB 690 STANDINGS – in House Appropriations Committee

Education Budget Bill

The education budget bill passed out of Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. Our fiscal year 2019 (FY 19) budget line-items, which are agreed to with the House, are all funded at the same level as FY 18:

  • General Operating Budget funded at $93,712,362                            
  • Recycling and Reuse Center funded at $175,256
  • Governor's STEM Advisory Council funded at $5,446,375
  • Real Estate Education Program funded at $125,302

The bill does provide a lump-sum increase of $8.3 million to the Board of Regents to distribute to the three universities. This was a recommendation from the Governor and is agreed to by the Board of Regents. Here's the exact language from the bill explaining the appropriation: For allocation by the state board of regents to the state university of Iowa, the Iowa state university of science and technology, and the university of northern Iowa to support new strategic initiatives, meet enrollment increases, meet the demand for new courses and services, to fund new but unavoidable or mandated cost increases, and to support any other initiatives important to the core functions of the universities: . . . . . . . . . . $ 8,300,000.

Economic Development Budget Bill

The economic development budget bill passed the House on Thursday. It provides status quo funding to our Business and Community Services (BCS) programs; the state appropriations are at the same funding level as FY 18. The Senate and House agree to these funding levels.

Infrastructure Budget Bill

The infrastructure budget bill passed out of Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. This bill is not agreed to, but all the appropriations to the Board of Regents institutions are the same. There are no state appropriations for our Industrial Technology Center (ITC) building renovation that we requested. We've laid some great groundwork for next year with the hope of getting more legislators and key legislative staff to tour the building this summer and fall.

Bills of interest that were acted upon this week:

HF 648: The Governor signed this career and technical education programs and partnerships bill. The bill went into effect upon enactment of April 26, 2018.

SF 385 - Revised uniform athlete agents bill. The House gave final approval of this will so it now goes to the Governor for her consideration.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 15

April 20, 2018

This week was a short week at the Iowa Capitol. Most lawmakers went home on Wednesday as the legislative leaders and Governor continue to meet behind closed doors trying to come to an agreement on their tax reform bill. Once that is hammered out, the fiscal year 2019 (FY 19) budget should fall into place. 

Both the House and Senate have released their FY 19 budget targets this week. They are within $5 million overall. For the education budget subcommittee, which provides the state appropriations for UNI’s operating budget, the Senate’s target is $2 million higher than the House. Besides the Regents universities, this budget provides state appropriations to community colleges, the Iowa Department of Education, College Student Aid Commission, Iowa Public Television, Vocational Rehabilitation and the Iowa Department of the Blind.

Tuesday was the last scheduled day so the 2018 Legislative Session is now in overtime. This also means the lawmakers no longer receive their daily per diems. Most of the high school pages have returned their home towns and all the legislative clerks are finished for the session.  The House and Senate are scheduled to return to Des Moines on Monday at 1:00 pm. The end of session could be next week or the following week.

In the meantime, the Governor signed the following bills of interest this week:

SF 475 – Provides several changes to Department of Education requirements. Contained in the bill is a provision that requires a financial literacy course for all high school students before they graduate, starting July 1, 2019. The bill also allows all of Iowa’s 333 school districts to have an online program. The Senate floor manager stated during debate that their intent is to amend the financial literacy language in the standings budget bill later this session.

SF 2318 - Relates to the issuance of high school credit for satisfactory completion of high school-level units of instruction.

SF 2360 – Creates a Dyslexia Task Force. Over the next 18 months the task force is to come up with recommendations relating to dyslexia response to be provided to the Governor and Legislature. The recommendations must include student screening, interventions, teacher preparation and professional development, classroom accommodations, and assistive technology. UNI is in a great position to provide valuable expertise on this task force as we graduate the most teachers each year.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 14

April 13, 2018

It’s been another week and no fiscal year 2019 (FY 19) budget targets being released. Next Tuesday, April 17, is the scheduled last day of the session.  Because we have not seen any budget bills to date, it is unlikely the 2018 Legislative Session will end on Tuesday.

This week, the House Republicans released their tax plan. The bill, HF 2489, passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday by a party-line vote of 13-10. The bill is eligible to be debated by the full House next week. The Senate previously approved their tax reform bill on February 28th, SF 2383, by a 29-21 vote. On Thursday, the Senate is also working on a new tax reform plan. However, that plan has not been filed yet.

The House Ways and Means Committee also passed a bill this week that would exempt textbooks and other course materials sold for college courses from Iowa sales taxes. This would include when sold from private bookstores. HF 2486 is now eligible to be debated by the full House.

Finally, the Governor signed two bills of interest this week:

HF 2297 – Makes changes to when boilers and water heaters need to be inspected.

SF 481 – Requires enforcement of immigration laws and prohibits sanctuary cities.

 

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 13

April 6, 2018

We are still waiting on budget targets for next year’s state appropriations, fiscal year 2019 (FY 19). Next Monday, the House is holding a public hearing on the Governor’s tax reform bill, HSB 671, at 5:00pm in the State Capitol in Des Moines. If you’re interested in attending or providing written comments, please do so at this website. Additional information about the Governor’s tax reform bill can be found here.

In the meantime, here is action on bills of interest from this week:

Bills the Governor signed into law:

HF 2253 – Construction projects and improvements built by a private contractor under a lease or a lease-purchase contract with the Regents and other state and local governmental agencies would be subject to the same competitive bidding requirements currently in law as they relate to contract bidding. The bill applies to contracts entered into on and after April 4, 2018.

HF 2390 – American Sign Language would be considered a world language to meet accreditation standards, as part of a foreign language class taught in Iowa high schools. The bill is effective on July 1, 2018.

HF 2458 – Implements the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa recommendations. This is the Governor’s priority to help 70 percent of Iowa's workforce to have education, training or recognized certification beyond high school by 2025. There is no money in this bill just policy language; budget issues will come up later this session. The scholarship programs contained in the bill are effective on July 1, 2019.

SF 2114 – Moves the teacher preparation requirements within the Board of Educational Examiners Code Sections to the Department of Education Code Sections. The bill is effective July 1, 2018.

The Legislature also debated several bills of interest this week:

HF 2297 – Makes changes to when boilers and water heaters need to be inspected. The bill has been sent to the Governor for her consideration.

SF 475 – Provides several changes to Department of Education requirements. Contained in the bill is a provision that requires a financial literacy course for all high school students before they graduate, starting July 1, 2019. The bill also allows all of Iowa’s 333 school districts to have an online program. The bill has been sent to the Governor for consideration. The Senate has stated their intent is to amend the financial literacy language in the standings budget bill later this session.

SF 481 – Requires enforcement of immigration laws and prohibits sanctuary cities, towns or other governmental entities. The bill has been sent to the Governor for her consideration.

SF 2235 – Creates a criminal penalty for critical infrastructure sabotage, which includes any publicly owned land and buildings. The bill has been sent to the Governor for her consideration.

SF 2360 – Creates a Dyslexia Task Force. Over the next 18 months the task force is to come up with recommendations relating to dyslexia response to be provided to the Governor and Legislature. The recommendations must include student screening, interventions, teacher preparation and professional development, classroom accommodations, and assistive technology. UNI is in a great position to provide valuable expertise on this task force as we graduate the most teachers each year. The bill has been sent to the Governor for her consideration.

SF 2398 – Provides for the regulation and production of industrial hemp as part of a research program. A Regents institution, or two or more Regents institutions acting jointly, may establish and administer an industrial hemp production program. The bill has passed the Senate and has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 12

March 30, 2018

This week, Governor Reynolds signed the fiscal year 2018 (FY 18) mid-year budget cut bill, SF 2117. Additional information can be found in last week’s blog post. We are still awaiting budget targets for next year’s state appropriations, FY 19.

Bills of interest the Governor signed this week:

HF 2235 - Requires the K-12 statewide assessment be developed by the Iowa Testing program within the University of Iowa.

HF 2354 – Restricts third parties who receive K-12 student data from using it for targeted advertising.

SF 2113 – By July 1, 2019, school boards would be required to have one hour of nationally recognized training on suicide prevention and post intervention for all licensed school personnel who have contact with students in grades K-12.

SF 2131 – Allows home-schooled children to take classes from Iowa Learning Online, at their own expense. An Area Education Agency Online Learning Working Group is established where the AEAs, in collaboration with the community colleges and the department of education, identify effective means by which students may access educational instruction and content online and identify partnerships between existing providers of rigorous and high-quality online coursework. They are to report their findings to the General Assembly by October 15, 2018.

The Legislature also debated several bills of interest this week:

HF 2253 – Construction projects and improvements built by a private contractor under a lease or a lease-purchase contract with the Regents and other state and local governmental agencies would be subject to the same competitive bidding requirements currently in law as they relate to contract bidding. The bill has passed both the House and Senate and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

HF 2390 – American Sign Language would be considered a world language to meet accreditation standards, as part of a foreign language class taught in Iowa high schools. The bill has passed both the House and Senate and will be sent to the Governor for consideration.

SF 475 – The House amended and passed this bill, which is a Department of Education omnibus bill. Contained in the House amendment is a provision that requires a financial literacy course for all high school students before they graduate, starting July 1, 2019. Among other things, the bill also allows all of Iowa’s 333 school districts to have an online program. The Senate must adopt the House amendment before the bill can be sent to the Governor.

SF 2360 – The House amended and passed this bill, which creates a Dyslexia Task Force. Over the next 18 months the task force is to come up with recommendations relating to dyslexia response to be provided to the Governor and Legislature. The recommendations must include student screening, interventions, teacher preparation and professional development, classroom accommodations, and assistive technology. The House passed an amendment that adds an institution of higher education to the task force. UNI is in a great position to provide valuable expertise on this task force as we graduate the most teachers each year. The Senate must adopt the House amendment before the bill can be sent to the Governor.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 11

March 24, 2018

This week, the Iowa House and Senate agreed to a large fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget adjustment bill that requires numerous state agencies to return current year funds to the state. Fortunately for our students, UNI was held harmless from the rescission.

The deappropriations bill, SF 2117, was adopted this week and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. It is our understanding that she has agreed to this bill and will sign it. The House amended and passed the bill by a vote of 59-41 and the Senate concurred with the House amendment and passed it by a vote of 29-21.

The bill, as amended by House Amendment S-5172, reduces FY 18 state general fund appropriations by a net total of $23.3 million (0.3%). The changes include reductions of $25.5 million to numerous state agencies and an increase of $2.2 million in appropriations for indigent defense and increased utilities costs. The amendment also deappropriates $10 million from an FY 18 appropriation from the Iowa Skilled Worker and Job Creation Fund (SWJCF) for the High Quality Jobs Program, and transfers the $10 million to the state’s general fund. A copy of the analysis from the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency can be found here.

The bill requires the Department of Management (DOM) to submit a report to the General Assembly and the Legislative Services Agency within 15 days of the effective date of the bill, which is upon the signature of the Governor. The report must list how the $25.5 million in appropriation reductions are applied to State agency budgets.

The bill specifically cuts $10,933,070 to the Board of Regents. However, language is included that specifically says “in identifying and implementing the reduction pursuant to this paragraph, the board shall not reduce expenditures made from appropriations for the university of northern Iowa, the state school for the deaf, and the Iowa braille and sight saving school.”

In President Nook’s statement, he noted that UNI's efforts in Des Moines positively impact our ability to deliver a high quality education at a reasonable cost to students and taxpayers. Our thanks to countless students, parents and alumni who took the time to write or call their legislators on our behalf. Thank you all for your ongoing support of UNI.

We are continuing to follow budget developments for FY19, and work closely with the Board of Regents, Iowa legislature and Governor's Office to convey the importance of investing in UNI for the people and industries of Iowa.

Policy Bills sent to the Governor:

HF 2235 - Requires the K-12 statewide assessment be developed by the Iowa Testing program within the University of Iowa.

HF 2354 – Restricts third parties who receive K-12 student data from using it for targeted advertising.

HF 2458 – Implements the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa recommendations. This is the Governor’s priority to help 70 percent of Iowa's workforce to have education, training or recognized certification beyond high school by 2025. There is no money in this bill just policy language; budget issues will come up later this session.

SF 2113 – Starting July 1, 2019, local school boards must require at least one hour annually of evidence-based training in suicide prevention and postvention, based on nationally recognized best practices, in the identification of adverse childhood experiences and strategies to mitigate toxic stress response, for school personnel who have regular contact with students and who hold a license, certificate, authorization, or statement of recognition from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. 

SF 2131 – Allows home-schooled children to take classes from Iowa Learning Online, at their own expense. An Area Education Agency Online Learning Working Group is established where the AEAs, in collaboration with the community colleges and the department of education, identify effective means by which students may access educational instruction and content online and identify partnerships between existing providers of rigorous and high-quality online coursework. They are to report their findings to the General Assembly by October 15, 2018.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 10

March 16, 2018

Today ends the Legislature's self-imposed second funnel date. Bills had to pass a chamber and pass out of a committee in the other chamber for that bill to remain alive this session. This does not pertain to appropriations and tax bills.

Bills worth noting still alive:

HF 2235 - Requires the K-12 statewide assessment be developed by the Iowa Testing program within the University of Iowa.

HF 2253 – Construction projects and improvements built by a private contractor under a lease or a lease-purchase contract with the Regents and other state and local governmental agencies would be subject to the same competitive bidding requirements currently in law as they relate to contract bidding.

HF 2280 – Requires preservice teachers to continue to take the Praxis I test; however, teacher candidates would not be required to take and pass the Praxis II test, with a score above the 25th percentile nationally, to be licensed in Iowa through the Board of Educational Examiners.​ We believe nothing in the bill would prevent the universities from continuing to provide an end of program assessment or test. If our teacher preparation programs find the end of program exams useful measures of student preparedness, we believe they can still use them as these assessments are required by other states where candidates may choose to teach, and the data from the program completion assessment serves our teacher education programs well relative to continuous improvement efforts.

HF 2354 – Restricts third parties who receive K-12 student data from using it for targeted advertising.

HF 2390 – American Sign Language would be considered a world language to meet accreditation standards, as part of a foreign language class taught in Iowa high schools.

HF 2458 – Implements the Governor’s Future Ready Iowa recommendations. This is the Governor’s priority to help 70 percent of Iowa's workforce to have education, training or recognized certification beyond high school by 2025. There is no money in this bill just policy language. Budget issues will come up later this session.

SF 415 – Gives immunity to people under the legal age of drinking from certain alcohol-related crimes if they, in good-faith, sought emergency assistance for themselves or other persons due to alcohol overdoses.

SF 2113 – By July 1, 2019, school boards would be required to have one hour of nationally recognized training on suicide prevention and post intervention for all licensed school personnel who have contact with students in grades K-12.

SF 2131 – Allows home-schooled children to take classes from Iowa Learning Online, at their own expense. An Area Education Agency Online Learning Working Group is established where the AEAs, in collaboration with the community colleges and the department of education, identify effective means by which students may access educational instruction and content online and identify partnerships between existing providers of rigorous and high-quality online coursework. They are to report their findings to the General Assembly by October 15, 2018.

SF 2360 – Creates a Dyslexia Task Force, which over the next 18 months is to come up with recommendations relating to dyslexia response to be provided to the Governor and Legislature. The recommendations must include student screening, interventions, teacher preparation and professional development, classroom accommodations, and assistive technology. The House Education Committee passed an amendment to this bill that adds an institution of higher education to the task force. UNI is in a great position to provide valuable expertise on this task force as we graduate the most teachers each year.

Bills worth noting that died:

HF 2301 – Relating to contract bidding for work exceeding $100,000 at Regents’ institutions.

SF 41 – Eliminating tenure in state public universities.

SF 2344 – Relating to Free Speech on Campus at Regents’ institutions and community colleges.

SF 2361 – Requiring Regents institutions have a financial literacy course, employment information and salaries for students & 3-year degrees.

SF 2362 – Requiring higher education institutions to encourage more use of open educational resources.

We are still waiting for a decision on the deappropriations bill (SF 2117). We are also waiting on targets for next year FY 19 budgets.

 


This week at the Statehouse – Week 9

March 9, 2018

On March 9th, the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met to set the state’s revenue estimate. The Legislature and the Governor are required by Iowa’s spending limitation law to construct the state’s general fund budget using the revenue estimate provided by the REC.  The current members of the REC include the Governor or the Governor’s designee (who is currently David Roederer, the Director of the Department of Management - UNI Alum); the director of the Legislative Services Agency or designee (Holly Lyons, director of the Fiscal Division of LSA, the Legislature's budget agency) and a third person chosen by the other two (David Underwood, an economist from Mason City).

The REC meets three times a year to review revenue estimates and make revenue projections.  At their December meeting they set the official revenue estimate that is used in preparing the state's budget.  Only if they lower that estimate at their March meeting is another estimate to be used in developing the state budget.

The REC set the March 2018 estimates higher than the December 2017 estimates. Even though this estimate is higher, when crafting next year’s budget (Fiscal Year 2019) the Legislature is required by law to use the lower amount from their December estimate. A copy of the REC spreadsheet can be found here.

REC December estimates:

FY 18: $7,237.5 million (0% growth)

FY 19: $7,527.0 million (4.0% growth)

REC March estimates:

FY 18: $7,270.8 million, which is $33.3 million above the Dec. estimate (0.4% growth)

FY 19: $7,733.8 million, which is $206.8 million above the Dec. estimate (6.4% growth)​

​FY 20: $8,035.4 million, which is their initial estimate (3.9% growth)

According to the Legislative Services Agency, the estimated total of funds available for FY 18 is $7.271 billion, which includes the December REC estimate of $7.238 million, the $28.4 million increase associated with the federal tax law changes, and an adjustment to the base estimate of $4.9 million associated with the March REC estimate. During the 2017 Legislative Session, the General Assembly enacted appropriations totaling $7.265 billion for FY 18. The appropriations have been adjusted to reflect a required $13.0 million appropriation to the Economic Emergency Fund and estimated supplemental appropriation needs of $2.2 million. With the additional revenue added to the balance from the March REC estimate, the General Fund budget is estimated to have a shortfall of $3.6 million at the close of FY 18. You can see the updated spreadsheet here.

For FY 19, because the March estimates are higher than the December estimates the Legislature has to use the December estimate. At most, they can appropriate 99% of $7,527.0 million.

Bills of interest that were debated this week:

HF 2235: By a vote of 95-3, the House passed this bill, which requires the K-12 statewide assessment be developed by the Iowa Testing program within the University of Iowa. The bill also passed out of the Senate Education Committee and is now eligible for debate by the full Senate.

HF 2253: By a vote of 57-39, the House amended and passed this bill, which requires competitive bidding for construction when using lease-purchase agreements with governmental entities. The bill has been referred to the Senate State Government Committee.

HF 2280: By a vote of 55-42, the House amended and passed this bill, which still requires preservice teachers take the Praxis I test; however, teacher candidates would not be required to take and pass the end of program Praxis II test, with a score above the 25th percentile nationally, to be licensed in Iowa through the Board of Educational Examiners.​ The bill has been referred to the Senate Education Committee.

SF 2361: By a vote of 39-10, the Senate amended and passed this bill, which is designed to reduce student debt by requiring the Regents’ institutions provide a financial literacy course that students would be required to take prior to their graduation, provide employment and salary information for all majors, and provide information on how students and potential students can get a degree in three years. The bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.

SF 2362: By a vote of 49-0, the Senate amended and passed this bill, which requires the Regents’ institutions, community colleges, and private colleges and universities to identify the courses that will utilize open educational resources. The Regents’ institutions must also develop a 5-year plan to increase the number of courses utilizing open educational resources. The bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.

March 16 is Second Funnel Date

Next week ends the Legislature’s self-imposed deadline to have policy bills pass one chamber and out of the other chamber’s committee to remain eligible for debate this session. This funnel date does not apply to appropriations and tax bills.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 8

March 2, 2018

We’re #1! According to U.S. News & World Report, the State of Iowa is ranked as the best state in the nation. Minnesota, Utah, North Dakota and New Hampshire round out the top five states, respectfully. The Best States rankings show how each of the 50 U.S. states rank in 77 metrics across eight categories. Within the education category, Higher Education in Iowa ranks #8 overall. You can read all their statistics and methodology here.

Bills of interest that received floor action this week:

SF 2344: By a vote of 29-20, the Senate amended and passed this bill, which defines free speech on campus. The bill states that: It is not the proper role of an institution of higher education to shield individuals from speech protected by the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which may include ideas and opinions the individual finds unwelcome, disagreeable, or even offensive.  It is the proper role of an institution of higher education to encourage diversity of thoughts, ideas, and opinions and to encourage, within the bounds of the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the peaceful, respectful, and safe exercise of first amendment rights. Before passage, the Senate amended the bill and struck this language: A public institution of higher education may prohibit student organizations from discriminating against members or prospective members on the basis of any protected status recognized by federal or state law. The bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.

SF 2341: By a vote of 38-12, the Senate amended and passed this bill, which requires passage (at least 60% correct) of the civics exam currently administered by the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, in order to receive a high school diploma. The bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.

SF 2171: By a vote of 46-3, the Senate amended and passed this bill, which provides a one-year waiver for new teachers to pass the Praxis test. School districts must make a good faith effort in hiring and if they are unable to fill the position, then they may seek this one-year waiver. The bill has been referred to the House Education Committee.

SF 2131: By a vote of 60-39, the House amended and passed this bill, which allows home-schooled children to take classes from Iowa Learning Online, at their own expense. The House amended the bill to add an Area Education Agency Online Learning Working Group where the AEAs, in collaboration with the community colleges and the department of education, identify effective means by which students may access educational instruction and content online and identify partnerships between existing providers of rigorous and high-quality online coursework. They are to report their findings to the General Assembly by October 15, 2018. The bill is now on the Senate calendar with the House amendment.

HF 2354: By a vote of 95-0, the House passed this bill, which restricts third parties who receive K-12 student data from using it for targeted advertising. The bill has been referred to the Senate Education Committee.

On March 9th, the Revenue Estimating Conference will meet and set a new estimate for state revenue for FY 18 and FY 19. It is uncertain if the Legislature will debate the deappropriations, mid-year budget cut bill before this March 9th meeting.  For next year’s budget, FY 19, if the March revenue estimate is greater than the December estimate, the law requires the Legislature use the December estimate. If the March estimate is less than the December estimate, the Legislature is required to use the March estimate and the Governor is to propose a new budget recommendation based on the lower March estimate.

Finally, the self-imposed second funnel date is March 16 when bills need to pass one chamber and out of the other chamber’s committee to remain eligible for debate this session. This funnel date does not apply to appropriations and tax bills.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 7

February 23, 2018

This week saw more floor action in the legislature as the first funnel week ended last week. The House and Senate are working on their policy bills to get them passed to the other chamber. Their self-imposed second funnel date is March 16 when bills need to pass one chamber and out of the other chamber’s committee to remain eligible for debate this session. This funnel date does not apply to appropriations and tax bills.

The Senate released their tax bill this week, SF 2383. The House has said they will work off of Governor Reynold’s tax proposal.

On Wednesday, along with the presidents of the University of Iowa and Iowa State University, President Nook presented UNI’s budget request to the House Appropriations Committee. A copy of their power points can be found here. Additional information about his presentation can be found on this week’s Panther Caucus website.

And finally, Monday was UNI Day at the Capitol. Despite the dreary weather outside, it was a great day showcasing our university to lawmakers and others who work at the Capitol. A big shout-out to all the faculty, staff and students who came from campus to make this day so successful! Attached is a gallery of photos.

March 9 is when the state's Revenue Estimating Conference will meet to set the state's FY 2018 and FY 2019 state revenue estimates. If their estimate is less than their December estimate, they have to use this March estimate when crafting the state's budget. If it is greater, they must use the December estimate. We expect budget targets to be released soon after this meeting.

As always, if you have any questions contact UNI Governmental Relations at mary.braun@uni.edu or call 319-273-6144.

Click on the photo to see the full photo gallery

Group photo on the Grand Staircase Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink (R-Fort Dodge) with UNI students Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville) with UNI students Pres. Nook with Department of Management Director David Roederer and Governor's office staff Tim Albrecht and Ryan Koopmans, who are UNI alums Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) with UNI students Rep. Bob Kressig (D-Cedar Falls) and Rep. Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo) Rep. Shannon Lundgren (R-Peosta) with State Relations Officer Mary Braun and BCS Advance Iowa folks Rep. Bob Kressig (D-Cedar Falls) with UNI's College of Education Northern Iowa Student Government students looking at the computer screens UNI's Metal Casting Center Sen. Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City) and Rep. Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City) with UNI students UNI's Rod Library staff Rep. Michael Bergan (R-Dorchester) Rep. Timi Brown-Powers with UNI Dept. of Technology student Aerial view of first floor rotunda Sen. Mark Segebart (R-Vail) Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink (R-Fort Dodge) Rep. Charlie McConkey (D-Council Bluffs) Sen. Pam Jochum (D-Dubuque) Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) Rep. Charlie McConkey (D-Council Bluffs) with UNI Dept. of Technology student Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls) with UNI students UNI student Tristan Bernhard being interviewed with Des Moines Channel 8 KCCI Rep. Mike Sexton (R-Rockwell City) with UNI students Rep. Phil Miller (D-Fairfield) with a UNI student from his district Rep. Ken Rizer (R-Marion) Sen. Kevin Kinney (D-Oxford) Sen. Tod Bowman (D-Maquoketa) Rep. Dave Deyoe (R-Nevada) Sen. Nate Boulton (D-Des Moines) Pres. Nook with UNI students Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville) with Pres. Nook TC on House of Representatives floor being introduced by Rep. Bob Kressig (D-Cedar Falls) TC on House of Representatives floor getting a standing ovation Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) House Majority Leader and UNI alum Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) Rep. Dan Huseman (R-Aurelia) UNI Government Relations Kim Heffernan Moss with Northern Iowa Student Government Maggie Miller UNI students and TC with Iowa's constitution in the Iowa Secretary of State's office TC with students State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald with UNI College of Business Administration Pres. Nook with Rep. Cecil Dolecheck (R-Mt. Ayr)

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 6

February 16, 2018

This week the House amended and passed their mid-year deappropriations bill. In SF 2117, the Iowa Senate is proposing to cut Iowa’s three public universities by a total of $14.6 million for the current budget, which ends June 30, 2018. This is on top of the mid-year cuts they took last year. The Iowa House is proposing $8.1 million in cuts in their committee amendment to SF 2117. Both bills have the Board of Regents decide where to make the cuts. However, in the House Appropriations Committee amendment language is included that UNI is to be held harmless with no mid-year cuts. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their lawmakers to help make this happen. The House and Senate still need to come to an agreement before it can be sent to the Governor to be signed into law.

This week also ended the Legislature’s first self-imposed funnel week. This is when a bill needs to be voted out of committee for it to remain eligible this session. Here’s a few bills we’re tracking that made it through the first funnel:

  • The Future Ready Iowa bill. This is a Governor’s priority to help 70 percent of Iowa's workforce to have education, training or recognized certification beyond high school by 2025. There is no money in this bill just policy language. Budget issues will come up later this session.
  • Guidelines for providing free speech on public universities.
  • Changing contract bidding by Regents’ institutions for projects over $100,000
  • Removing the 25th percentile requirement for passing the Praxis assessment test for teachers. The bill requires the Iowa Department of Education to require a “standard set score” instead. This score is changed every 5-7 years by the testing service.
  • Requiring the Regent universities students complete a financial literacy course one-credit course prior to graduation as of July 2019. Requiring the universities have a plan for students to review employment rates, salaries and student debt in their field of study annually. And requiring the Regents to implement policy that makes information available to students of undergraduate degrees achievable in 3-academic years by July 2019.
  • Creating a 15-member dyslexia task force through the Iowa Department of Education where one member of the committee would come from an institution of higher education. Among other things the report is to provide recommendations of any proposed legislation or rulemaking or any additional personnel or funding needed to address the needs of Iowa students with dyslexia; and recommendations relating to dyslexia response for specific stakeholder groups, including but not limited to parents, educators, administrators, school boards, and institutions of higher education.
  • Having the Regents institutions, private colleges and community colleges post when their classes use open educational materials as opposed to text books.

The bill to eliminate tenure in the state public universities died in the first funnel.

Remember next Monday, February 19th is #UNIDay2018 at the Capitol! Check out our tweets at @nipanthercaucus. Please share your stories using the hashtag.

On February 21 President Nook will present UNI’s budget requests to the House Appropriations Committee.

As always, if you have any questions contact UNI Governmental Relations at mary.braun@uni.edu or call 319-273-6144.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 5

February 9, 2018

Subommittee meetings and committee meetings filled the lawmakers time this week as they are working on bills to get them voted out a committee prior to their self-imposed first funnel deadline of next Friday, February 16. This is when a bill needs to be voted out of committee for it to remain eligible this session.

The House and Senate did have floor debate this week and passed a 1% supplemental school aid bill for K-12 schools. The Senate also amended and passed their mid-year deappropriations bill. In SF 2117, the Iowa Senate is proposing to cut Iowa’s three public universities by a total of $14.6 million for the current budget, which ends June 30, 2018. This is on top of the mid-year cuts they took last year. The Iowa House is proposing $8.1 million in cuts in HSB 648. Both bills have the Board of Regents decide where to make the cuts; the bill gives them 15 days upon the bill being signed into law to make that determination. The House and Senate still need to come to an agreement before it can be sent to the Governor to be signed into law.

With just over four months left in our fiscal year these cuts will have a huge impact on what we do at UNI! It's imperative the state continues to provide the state funding needed to ensure the cost of a UNI education continues to be reasonable allowing us to remain competitive and affordable for Iowa families. With nearly 90% of UNI's enrollment coming from Iowa, this truly affects Iowa families! If you want to contact your state legislator, you can find them here.

A couple bills of interest debated in subcommittee this week:

SSB 3120 – Free speech on public universities

HF 2301 – Contract bidding by Regents’ institutions

HSB 602/SSB 3087 – Future Ready Iowa grants

HF 2280 – Repeals Praxis requirement

Remember February 19th is #UNIDay2018 at the Capitol! Check out our tweets at @nipanthercaucus

On February 21 President Nook will present UNI’s next year budget requests to the Education Budget Subcommittee.

As always, if you have any questions contact UNI Governmental Relations at mary.braun@uni.edu or call 319-273-6144.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 4

February 2, 2018

This week was consumed with committee meetings and subcommittee meetings as lawmakers are working on bills to get them voted out a committee prior to their self-imposed first funnel deadline of February 16. This is when a bill needs to be voted out of committee for it to remain eligible this session.

Decisions haven't yet been made to the current fiscal year, FY 18, budget. The state’s budget is currently $35 million short from being balanced, based on the Revenue Estimating Conference estimate from last December.  The Senate Appropriations Committee passed SF 2117 on January 25; the bill awaits debate by the full Senate. The bill cuts the three universities a total of $19.3 million for the remaining five months of the fiscal year (which ends June 30, 2018): $8.7 million from the University of Iowa, $6.9 million from Iowa State University and $3.75 million from UNI. In Governor Reynolds proposed budget, she supports the Board of Regents recommendation that UNI be held harmless from any budget rescissions in FY 18.

This $3.75 million cut with just five months left in our fiscal year will have a huge impact on what we do at UNI. This comes after already withstanding mid-year cuts last year. It's imperative the state continues to provide the state funding needed to ensure the cost of a UNI education continues to be reasonable allowing us to remain competitive and affordable for Iowa families. With nearly 90% of UNI's enrollment coming from Iowa, this truly affects Iowa families! If you want to contact your state legislator, you can find them here.

We await the legislature's FY 18 deappropriation bill in order to determine the impact and challenges on our budget going forward.

 

Presentations at the State Capitol:

UNI’s Business and Community Services presented our economic development efforts and budget request to the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee this week. A copy of our presentation can be found here. In addition, John Fritch, Dean of College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, presented our Industrial Technology Center infrastructure request to members of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitols Budget Subcommittee.  A copy of our presentation can be found here.

February 6 – UNI’s Business and Community Services will present our small business assistance and rural economic development assistance programs to the House Economic Growth Committee

February 14 – President Nook will present UNI’s budget requests to the Education Budget Subcommittee

February 19 – #UNIDay2018 at the Capitol! Check out our tweets at @nipanthercaucus

As always, if you have any questions contact UNI Governmental Relations at mary.braun@uni.edu or call 319-273-6144.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 3

January 26, 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee adopted the fiscal year (FY) 18 de-appropriations budget bill this Thursday on a party-line vote of 13-8. Senate File 2117 provides deeper cuts to the current fiscal year state budget than proposed by Governor Reynolds. The bill can be found here. The Board of Regents is registered against the bill.

For the three universities, the bill cuts a total of $19.3 million for the remaining five months of the fiscal year (which ends June 30, 2018): $8.7 million from the University of Iowa, $6.9 million from Iowa State University and $3.7 million from UNI. In Governor Reynolds proposed budget, she supports the Board of Regents recommendation that UNI be held harmless from any budget rescissions in FY 18.

The full Senate may vote on the bill as early as Tuesday, January 30th. The House of Representatives still needs to release and vote on its own set of FY 18 recommendations. There is a House Appropriations Committee meeting scheduled next Monday afternoon, and we may find out their proposal at that time. Any differences between the House and Senate must be reconciled from both chambers before the final legislation would then be sent to the Governor for consideration.

Here is the statement from Board of Regents Executive Director Mark Braun on the deep cuts contained in the Senate Proposed FY 18 reductions bill:

While the Board understands the state’s current fiscal situation, we are hopeful that the General Assembly and Governor will continue to work with the Board and public universities to significantly lessen these proposed reductions.

As the second semester is already underway, these severe cuts for FY2018 would cause disruptions on our campuses. We will work to minimize the impact on students.

The Board continues to support and will advocate for its appropriation request for FY2019, which includes $12 million in resident undergraduate financial aid. The state of Iowa ranks last in the nation in need-based financial aid to public university students.

As the state of Iowa is focusing on high-demand jobs, degree attainment, and the biosciences economy, cutting the public universities to this degree goes in the opposite direction of achieving these goals. The public universities are key drivers in all three of these areas and are critical to the future economic success of our state.

 

Upcoming Presentations at the State Capitol:

January 31 – UNI’s Business and Community Services will present our economic development programs and budget request to the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee

January 31 – UNI and the other Regents institutions will present our capital budget requests to the Transportation, Infrastructure and Capitals Budget Subcommittee

February 6 – UNI’s Business and Community Services will present our small business assistance and rural economic development assistance programs to the House Economic Growth Committee

February 14 – President Nook will present UNI’s budget requests to the Education Budget Subcommittee

February 19 – #UNIDay2018 at the Capitol! Check out our tweets at @nipanthercaucus

As always, if you have any questions contact UNI Governmental Relations at mary.braun@uni.edu or call 319-273-6144.

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 2

January 19, 2018

This week was a shorter week as the General Assembly honored Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

There were two subcommittee meetings this week on bills the Board of Regents are registered in opposition. SF 41 would eliminate tenure in the state public universities. Dr. Rachel Boon, Chief Academic Advisory for the Iowa Board of Regents, testified about the value of tenure in our universities, and why the Board strongly desires to continue its careful management of the tenure systems at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. In addition, UNI’s Associate Provost John Valentine was also in attendance and provided testimony to the importance of tenure. At this time, members of the subcommittee did not sign the subcommittee report to move the bill to full committee for consideration.

The second bill, HSB 513, puts restrictions on competitive bidding processes required for Regents facilities projects. Besides the Regents being in opposition to the bill, it is also opposed by the Master Builders of Iowa, Design Build Institute of America - Mid-American Region, Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa, electrical contractors (NECA-Iowa), Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local 33 and the Iowa Federal of Labor. At this time, the bill may go before the full House Local Government Committee for consideration.

We will continue to lobby against both these bills.

The Legislature also continues to work on the state’s budget. On Wednesday, staff from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) provided the Education Budget Subcommittee a review of the Governor’s fiscal year (FY) 18 and FY 19 budget recommendations. For UNI, the Governor has funded our budget line-items for FY 19 the same as the current fiscal year. In addition, she is requesting an increase of $7.25 million to the Regents, to be determined by the Board.

Governor Reynolds is also recommending cutting the Regents budget by $5.1 million for the current fiscal year (FY 18) but those cuts would come from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The Board of Regents has stated that “each of our institutions has different budget and economic models. If enacted by the legislature, the Board would prefer to hold the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa School for the Deaf and Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School harmless from any required FY 18 reductions, as they are the institutions most dependent on state appropriations.”

Information on the Governor’s budget recommendations for FY 18 and FY 19, in regards to the Board of Regents and other education departments funded within the Legislature’s Education Appropriations Subcommittee, can be found here. There are historical funding tables at the end of this document that show UNI’s general aid budget appropriation is nearly $2.1 million less than our state appropriation from FY 09.

LSA staff on the Transportation, Infrastructure & Capitals Budget Subcommittee also presented the Governor’s budget recommendations this week. The Governor is not recommending funding UNI’s budget request to renovate and expand the Industrial Technology Center. However, she is recommending $3 million to the Board of Regents for fire safety and deferred maintenance with the distribution made by the Board. Details of her infrastructure recommendations from LSA can be found here.

Upcoming Presentations at the Capitol:

January 31 – UNI’s Business and Community Services will present our economic development programs and budget request to the Economic Development Budget Subcommittee

February 14 – President Nook will present UNI’s budget requests to the Education Budget Subcommittee

#UNIDay2018 at the Capitol is February 19th! Check out our tweets at @nipanthercaucus

 


This Week at the Statehouse – Week 1

January 12, 2018

Monday, January 8th started the second session of the 87th General Assembly. This first week was largely ceremonial with remarks from legislative leaders of both parties as well as speeches from the Governor, the Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court and the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard.

Three new lawmakers were sworn-in after winning their special elections last fall: Sen. Jim Carlin (R-Sioux City) replaces Sen. Bill Anderson who resigned to take another job; and Rep. Jon Jacobsen (R-Council Bluffs) and Rep. Phil Miller (D-Fairfield) were elected due to the deaths of Rep. Greg Forristall and Rep. Curt Hanson. Currently, the Senate has 29 Republicans, 20 Democrats and 1 independent. The House has 58 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 vacant seat. One more special election is being held on Jan. 16th in Sioux City to replace Sen. Carlin (formerly Rep. Carlin).

Nineteen of these current 149 lawmakers are UNI alums: Rep. Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines), Sen. Rick Bertrand (R-Sioux City), Rep. Brian Best (R-Glidden), Rep. Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo), Sen. Mark Costello (R-Imogene), Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls), Sen. Bill Dotzler (D-Waterloo), Rep. Chris  Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights), Sen. Rita Hart (D-Wheatland), Rep. Dave Jacoby (D-Coralville), Sen. Craig Johnson (R-Independence), Rep. Brian Meyer (D-Des Moines), Sen. Janet Petersen (D-Des Moines), Rep. Walt Rogers (R-Cedar Falls), Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D-Cedar Rapids), Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville), Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo), Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames), and Rep. Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport).

Governor Reynolds released her budget recommendations on Tuesday.  Included in her recommendations are cuts to the current fiscal year, FY 18, to the Board of Regents in the amount of $5.1 million. These cuts would come from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University; UNI is held harmless.  She is also recommending an increase of $7.25 million to the Board of Regents institutions for FY 19 in a lump sum (distribution would be determined by the Iowa Board of Regents). She is recommending UNI’s budget line-items be status quo funded; she did not recommend UNI’s new infrastructure request to modernize the Industrial Technology Center.

Governor Reynolds budget is just recommendations. The Legislature is the branch of government that actually appropriates funding for state agencies. The Governor’s budget recommendations can be found here.

UNI’s two main budget requests for FY 19 are:

  • Provide an additional $2 million in financial aid for our students. An affordable education is critical to the vitality of our state’s economy and workforce. UNI is committed to student success and upholding our public charge to be open and accessible.
  • Invest $36.2 million over the next three years, from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, to modernize and expand the Industrial Technology Center (ITC). The ITC, originally built in 1974, needs critical improvements to the infrastructure and technology we use to prepare Iowa’s future industrial, manufacturing and construction workforce. Industrial technology requirements have greatly changed since 1974 when the building opened for educating shop teachers. We now support the Iowa Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education program by preparing the teachers who teach middle and high school students in CTE careers.
  • More information on our budget requests can be found here on our Panther Caucus website.

The Board of Regents held their legislative breakfast on Tuesday. Members of the Board of Regents, the presidents and student government leaders of the three universities, and the superintendent of the Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Iowa School for the Deaf were in attendance and able to visit with lawmakers about our programs. I’ve included photos of Pres. Nook visiting with numerous lawmakers.

Lastly, several pieces of legislation have already been introduced this year. If you’d like to look at all the bills the Board of Regents is registered on, you can search lobbyist declarations here. Under Client, type in Board of Regents, State of Iowa. If you click on the Date link it will sort the list with the most recently registered at the top.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at mary.braun@uni.edu.

Click on the photo to see the full photo gallery

UNI State Relations Officer Mary Braun, NISG Maggie Miller, President Nook, Senator Bill Dotzler (D-Waterloo), Rep. Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo) and Rep. Bob Kressig (D-Cedar Falls) Rep. Terry Baxter (R-Garner) and President Nook President Nook with Rep. Jane Bloomingdale (R-Northwood) President Nook with Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Marion) Rep. Chuck Holz (R-Le Mars) with President Nook President Nook with Rep. Jon Jacobsen (R-Council Bluffs) Rep. Bob Kressig (D-Cedar Falls), President Nook, and Katie Jerome, Rep. Kressig's legislative clerk for the 2018 legislative session and a December 2017 graduate from UNI President Nook with Rep. Shannon Lundgren (R-Peosta) President Nook with Rep. Sandy Salmon (R-Janesville) and Sen. Craig Johnson (R-Independence) Rep. Ras Smith (D-Waterloo) with President Nook Rep. Art Staed (D-Cedar Rapids) with President Nook Rep. Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport) with President Nook President Nook with Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls) Sen. Bill Dotzler (D-Waterloo) with President Nook Sen. Rita Heart (D-Wheatland) with President Nook President Nook with Sen. Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids) Sen. Jim Lykam (D-Davenport) with President Nook Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen (D-Des Moines) with President Nook President Nook with Sen. Amanda Ragan (D-Mason City)