RESCHEDULED: Series of legislative hearings on Iowa’s environment continues MARCH 14 in Des Moines

SECOND UDPATE:  Unfortunately, due to the impending winter storm, this event has been POSTPONED.  We have replaced the announcement we shared about the original event with this information about the new time.

Iowa’s natural resource priorities will be the topic of a listening session sponsored by state legislators on Thursday, March 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Avenue. This event was rescheduled from a February date that was snowed out.

The meeting is being co-hosted by State Senator Dick Dearden of Des Moines, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Environment Committee, and State Rep. Chuck Isenhart of Dubuque, ranking member of the House Environmental Protection Committee. State representatives Ako Abdul-Samad, Marti Anderson and Scott Ourth will also be on hand. Others may also attend.

Interested groups and the public are welcome to testify on conservation, climate, energy, environment and related issues, including outdoor recreation and state parks.

“We are still setting our agenda for the next two years,” lsenhart said.
“This is a chance for people who care about sustainable development and stewardship of our natural heritage to let us know what should be on our legislative to-do list so we can best serve the public interest,” according to Isenhart. “For example, one of my questions is how can we make infrastructure investments in and create jobs through the production and use of all kinds of renewable energy.”

According to Dearden, the committees are also looking for input on clean water, clean air, soil, wildlife, wetlands, habitat, rivers, lakes and trails.

The 2013 legislative session convened on January 14 and lasts through April.

The Iowa Environmental Council frequently posts event listings like this on our environmental events calendar, which you can view at iaenvironment.org/calendar.  The same site also includes a form where you can submit your event to be listed.

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