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The American Legion’s Legislative Program

The American Legion maintains a fully staffed office in Washington, DC to represent veterans in Congress on all legislation concerning veterans and their families. Additionally, the Department of Iowa has a Legislative Commission to serve as a “watchdog” on all legislation, Federal and State, that affects veterans or The American Legion mandates and programs.

National Legislation

Visit the Legislative Action Center: http://capwiz.com/legion/home/

For Contact Information for your elected representatives: http://capwiz.com/legion/dbq/officials/

For Issues and Legislation: http://capwiz.com/legion/issues/

Sign up to get legislative alerts directly: http://capwiz.com/legion/mlm/

State of Iowa Legislation

For Contact Information for your elected representatives: http://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/find.aspx

Track Legislation in the Iowa General Assembly: http://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislation/BillTracking/billTrackingTools.aspx

Veterans Day at the Capitol

Legionnaires and other veterans from all across Iowa will gather at the Capitol on January 23, 2019, to speak with their Senators and Representatives about the issues confronting veterans and military members in Iowa. There will be an orientation meeting at Department Headquarters at 9:00 a.m. that morning. From there, Legion family members will proceed to the Capitol for a program at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, and visit with their legislators

If you cannot participate at the Capitol that day, contact your Senator and Representative and send them a copy of the Iowa American Legion legislative priorities. Every Senator and every Representative need to hear from their veteran constituents.

Legislative Day

Legislative Commission

MEMBERS OF COMMISSION AND APPOINTMENT PROCEDURE

The Commission shall have four (4) members, a Chairman and three (3) Members.   The Chairman shall be appointed annually by the Department Commander and shall serve from time of appointment until the close of the following Department Convention. The Members shall be appointed by the Department Commander.  The terms of the Members of the Commission shall be staggered, and each new appointment shall be for a term of three (3) years.  The Department Commander shall appoint annually a representative or firm to serve as the Legislative Representative (lobbyist) to the Iowa General Assembly.

RESPONSIBILITY

The Legislative Commission shall: recommend the representative or firm to serve as Legislative Representative to the Iowa General Assembly; prepare and implement bills as required by Department Convention or Department Executive Committee action; and serve as a “watchdog” on all legislation, Federal and State, which affects veterans or The American Legion mandates and program.  The Commission will plan the annual Legislative Day at the State Capitol.

AUTHORIZED MEETINGS

  1. Department Convention: The Chairman shall be authorized for two (2) days for the purposes of conducting the Legislative Commission meeting and to report to the Department Convention.  The Members and Department Commander’s Representative shall be authorized for one (1) day each for the purpose of attending the Legislative Commission meeting.
  2. Mid Winter Conference:  The Chairman shall be authorized for two (2) days for the purposes of conducting the Legislative Commission meeting and reporting to the Department Executive Committee.  The Members and the Department Commander’s Representative shall be authorized for one (1) day each for the purpose of attending the Legislative Commission meeting.  The Commission shall also be responsible for operating an informational table at the Programs Fair.
  3. Legislative Day:  Members are authorized at mileage only.
  4. In the event that additional meetings are required, Department Commander may so authorize said meeting upon the petition of the Chairman at mileage only.

OTHER AUTHORIZATION AND/OR DIRECTIONS

The Chairman is required to provide a report of the Commission’s activities to the Fall, Mid-Winter, and Spring Department Executive Committee meetings and annually to the Department Convention.  The Chairman shall annually submit a proposed Commission budget to the Finance Commission before the Spring DEC meeting.

For more detailed information on The American Legion of Iowa Commissions and Committees, visit the links below:

Department Operating Structure (PDF)
Commission & Committee Members (PDF)
Commissions & Committees Web Page