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Iowa Lobby Day 2019

On February 27, 2019, forty-six dental hygiene students, three faculty, and two 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 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. 

Lobbyist Tom Cope presented information about the legislative process and a current bill that has been proposed by the Iowa Dental Board. House Study File 153 would:

  • Amend Iowa Code Section 153.15 to Eliminate Setting for Dental Hygiene Service Restriction
  • Amend Iowa Code Section 153.33 to Authorize Administrative Penalties
  • Amend Iowa Code Section 153.38 regarding Dental Assisting Scope of Practice

Lobbyist Tom Cope arranged meetings with Iowa House Minority Leader Todd Prichard, Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver and Dr. Bob Russell, IA Dept. of Public Health throughout the day.

Because of the large number of participants, we divided into 2 groups. One group began with a tour of the Capitol building and met with Dr. Russell and some of the leaders later in the day. The other Group met with Iowa Rep. Shannon Lundgren, Human Resources Committee Chair (also Representative for one of the faculty members) and some of the legislative leaders. They had a Capitol tour later in the day.
All of the participants had an opportunity to visit with their legislator throughout the day. Many of the participants had been Dental Assistants prior to attending Dental Hygiene Programs and presented their concerns about that portion of the legislation.

photoDental Hygiene students and faculty from DMACC, Hawkeye and Iowa Central Community Colleges with IDHA President Tonya Enright and IDHA Lobby Day Coordinator Sue Hyland