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February 27, 2019 is YOUR Lobby Day at the Capitol!
Join us from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Building. Find your legislator here.

Never been to a Lobby Day? Learn about it here!

ALERT!!
Effective July 1,2017
Iowa Dental Hygienists will be able to provide oral health education WITHOUT being under the supervision of a dentist. 
SF 479 passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

Legislative Committee

    Chair:  Nancy Miller 

This committee develops and implements strategies to support the Strategic Plan regarding legislative activities for the Iowa Dental Hygienists' Association.

Legislation may change from year to year yet it is critical to stay in contact with your local and state legislators. Could you give yours a call? Maybe send an email to update them on important legislation that affects dental hygiene services in Iowa?

For more information, contact IDHA's Legislative Committee Chair.

Lobby Day

On February 28th, 75 dental hygiene students, 5 faculty, and three Iowa Dental Hygienists’ Association members met at the Iowa State Capitol for another informative Lobby Day experience. Lobbyist Tom Cope, of Cope Murphy + Co., asked Jill Stuecker, Executive Director of the Iowa Dental Board, and Representative Kevin Koester, from Polk County, to speak to the group. Ms. Stuecker explained the purpose and functioning of the regulatory Board and stressed the importance of licensed personnel to know the law and to practice accordingly. She encouraged students to visit the Dental Board website and sign up to receive newsletters to stay updated. Representative Koester suggested that students stay informed about issues by visiting local forums and meeting legislators there. He discussed how he makes decisions before voting on an issue and how important timely communication from a constituent can be. The group was divided into smaller groups for tours of the Capitol. Lobbyist Cope helped facilitate meetings with legislators from each of the school’s district. Schools represented were Des Moines Area Community College, Hawkeye Community College, Iowa Central Community College, and Kirkwood Community College. The students learned a lot about the legislative process.