|Now is the time: ISBA Legislative Counsel calls for a grass roots brush fire|
It is imperative that ISBA members contact their local legislators this week. Ask legislators to support three bills: judicial branch funding at the level requested by the court, as contained in SF496; indigent defense funding at the level requested by the State Public Defender, as contained in SF497; and maintain funding for the Office of the Substitute Decision Maker to protect some of the most vulnerable Iowans, as contained in SF505. Next week, legislators will return to the state capitol to negotiate these bills in small groups called conference committees.
"You can be ridiculously effective by taking a few moments to contact your legislators,” says Doug Struyk, ISBA Assistant Legislative Counsel. "As a legislator, if you receive three to four emails on a particular issue, that is a brush fire.” By sending an email, making a call or meeting with legislators in person and asking for support of these three bills at specific funding levels, he said, you are giving legislators the messages they need to send to their leadership and to the individuals serving on the conference committees that are negotiating the bills.
Learn more about the issues by watching a video message from ISBA Legislative Counsel Jim Carney and Struyk who share their legislative update here. For contact information for your legislator visit www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators.