Veterans Day at the Capitol
Legionnaires and other veterans from all across Iowa will gather at the Capitol for Legislative Day on January 22, 2020, 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.
January 22, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 Department Headquarters Briefing and Orientation – 720 Lyon Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
9:00 – 10:00 Visit vendor tables – Capitol Rotunda – First Floor
10:00 – Veterans Day Program – Capitol Rotunda – First Floor
Preliminary Music, Iowa Veterans Home Chorus
Steve Lukan – Master of Ceremonies
Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
Elizabeth Ledvina – Chair, Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs
Pledge of Allegiance
Chaplain Invocation/Moment of Silence
Governor Kim Reynolds
Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg
Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee Leaders
Commandant Iowa Veterans Home, Timon Oujiri
Closing Music, Union Middle School
10:30 – Locate your elected officials to discuss legislative initiatives
Noon – Depart Capitol
For more information about this event, please contact Mari Mielke at 515-252-4698 or at Mari.Mielke@iowa.gov
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Legislative Day: Members are authorized at mileage only.
- 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.