Information and various documents which describe and detail the legislative process, state government, the State Capitol, and Iowa facts and history.
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|Chart outlines the process from submitted budget requests to passage (from October 1-July 1).
|Budget Process in Iowa
|Provides an in-depth look at the budget process in Iowa.
|How a Bill Becomes a Law
|Explains the process a bill goes through from introduction to enactment. This eight-minute video is intended for fourth through sixth grade school levels. The production follows the path of a bill as it becomes a law in Iowa in a manner that is both concise and appropriate. The key concepts include: bills, State Senators, State Representatives, committees, amendments, majority vote, the Governor’s role, law, and Iowa citizenship.
|Iowa Legislature and U.S. Congress
|Outlines the differences between the Iowa Legislature and the U.S. Congress.
|Includes information on LSA, LIO, Capitol Tours, the legislative website, contacting legislators, and the Law Library.
|This nine-minute video is intended for grades 3 through 5. This production introduces commonly used words when describing the legislature and the legislative process. The information is presented in game format and can be used as a classroom activity. Defines the following terms: legislator, session, chamber, bill, and committee.
|Participation and Organization in Making Iowa Laws
|Details how citizens can influence lawmaking by contacting their elected officials.
|What Are Legislators?
|Discusses the definition and duties of legislators.
|Iowa General Assembly
|Serves as a guide to the Iowa State Legislature, describes legislative process and services provided to legislators, and answers legislative questions most frequently asked by legislators and others.
|How an Idea Becomes a Law
|Details the process from an idea into law, represented in flow chart form.
|The Three Branches of Government
|Details the three branches of government in Iowa: legislative, executive, and judicial.
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|Constructing the Iowa State Capitol
|Constructing the Iowa State Capitol is the story of the Capitol construction from the laying of the first foundation in 1871 to the Capitol completion in 1886, through the fourth Capitol Commission’s work of decorating the public areas and the repairs following the 1904 fire.
|Facts on Iowa
|This link connects to information areas such as statistics on Iowa's government, economy, and population. Furthermore, the link connects to fiscal statistics for the State of Iowa, including revenues and expenditures from the General Assembly's most recent session.
|Iowa Legislature Screensaver
|Collection of photos of the Capitol and grounds. Please note this screensaver opens as an executable.
|Iowa Official Register
|The Redbook, as it is commonly known, is published biennially and contains historical and current biographical information about Iowa's governmental institutions and leaders, as well as other information and statistics of general value but not of a partisan nature. See Archived Iowa Official Register - 1886 to present
|Iowa State Capitol Visitor Guide
|This book is intended to serve as a guided tour of the Capitol building and the surrounding grounds and monuments, as a reference guide, and as a lasting keepsake of a memorable visit to the Iowa State Capitol. This booklet is available for purchase in the Capitol Gift Shop.
|Looking back: Historical Hall, 1899-1904; State Historical, Memorial, and Art Building, 1905-1999; Ola Babcock Miller Building, 1999-Present
|From the original land purchase to the present building, this booklet highlights the entire history of one of the most beautiful and fascinating buildings in the Capitol Complex. The booklet features legal reports, pictures, writings, and newspaper articles spanning decades. This booklet is available for purchase in the Capitol Gift Shop.
|Pieces of Iowa's Past
|Published by the Iowa State Capitol Tour Guides weekly during the legislative session. The publication features historical facts about Iowa, the Capitol, and the early workings of state government.
|Roster of State Officials
|The State Roster, as it is commonly known, is published annually and contains the names and offices of the statewide elected officials, members of the General Assembly, justices, judges, and magistrates of the judicial branch, state officers and deputies in all three branches, and members of active boards and commissions and some advisory councils.
|Details about the Great Seal of Iowa, state banner, wild rose, Eastern goldfinch, oak tree, and the geode.
|The Capitol Fire: 1904
|The Capitol caught fire in January 1904 during the electrification of the building. This booklet features pictures of the fire and details the destruction left behind. Reproduced newspaper articles of the period recount the events of the fire and its aftermath. Reports by the Executive Council, Senate and House journals, and the Capitol Commission report are included. This booklet is available for purchase in the Capitol Gift Shop.
|The Iowa Capitol Grounds: 1913 Extension and Reconstruction Project
|Iowa lawmakers began an extension and improvement project on the Capitol Grounds in 1913. This booklet contains the proposed improvements, pictures, and newspaper articles of the period. This booklet is available for purchase in the Capitol Gift Shop.
|The Three Branches of Government
|Detailing the relationship between and duties of the three branches of government.