Common Good Iowa

Legislative advocacy resources

Part of the way we promote opportunity for all Iowans is by influencing state policies enacted by the Iowa Legislature. It can be intimidating to show up at the state Capitol and speak up on the issues you care about, but it is critical to policy change. Here are some resources to help unpack the mysterious ways of the Legislature.

Our Advocate's Guide to Visiting the Capitol outlines the process of meeting with lawmakers during session and strategies for maximizing your effectiveness while you are there. 

The Legislature's website include maps of the Capitol grounds and meeting rooms and information on tours, parking and driving instructions. You can also search for a lawmaker by address, city, zip code, county or school district. 

For anyone who needs a refresher, here is a primer on how a bill becomes a law from the Legislature Services Agency (click on the image for a downloadable PDF):

Common Good Iowa publishes frequent updates and action alerts during Iowa's legislative session. Sign up here to be in the know. 

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