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Legislative Updates - the Capital Group

There are many issues in the upcoming session that have the potential to impact school counselors. The legislative committees need to hear from Iowa school counselors.

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To find out who your senators and representatives are, please check out the Find Your Legislator page of the Iowa Legislature website.  Visit

2021 Updates

Legislative summary updates will appear here once the session begins.

January 15, 2020

January 15, 2021

Governor Unveils Proposed FY 22 Budget

Governor Kim Reynolds laid out her plan for Iowa and it’s budget for the upcoming year in her Condition of the State Address.

Reynolds proposed spending $15 million each of the next two years on the children’s and adult mental health system. 

The Governor also proposed a 2.5% hike in state aid for schools.  She also backed legislation to give parents the choice to send their children to school full-time.

Bills of Interest:

SF 80 - Student Pronouns (M) - This bill requires a school district, if a student will be asked by a school employee or in a school communication to identify the pronoun by which the student prefers to be called, or will be asked to take a survey on pronoun preference, to provide written notification of such action to the parent or guardian of the student at least one week before such action occurs. After the identification or survey has occurred, the bill requires the school district to provide the student’s identification or survey response to the student’s parent or guardian upon request.

Referred to Education

SF 58 - Human Growth and Development Curriculum (F) - This bill provides that the age-appropriate and research-based instruction in human growth and development, which each school board must provide, must include instruction regarding dating violence and affirmative, conscious, and voluntary consent to engage in sexual activity.

Referred to Education

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