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Registering for Future Ready Iowa Summit, launching a Local History Network, calling for state legislators to reject punishment for sanctuary cities: Iowa Capitol Digest, March 20

(File photo) The dome of the Iowa State Capitol building from the rotunda in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Suspended across the dome is the emblem of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). The emblem, painted on canvas and suspended on wire, was placed there as a

reminder of Iowa’s efforts to preserve the Union during the Civil War. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
(File photo) The dome of the Iowa State Capitol building from the rotunda in Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Suspended across the dome is the emblem of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). The emblem, painted on canvas and suspended on wire, was placed there as a reminder of Iowa’s efforts to preserve the Union during the Civil War. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday:

FUTURE READY SUMMIT: Registration for the Governor’s 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit will close March 26.

The goal of the Governor’s 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit, which will be April 3 at Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, is to bring together leaders from business and industry, education and nonprofit, along with elected officials, students and others to amplify the public conversation about transforming education and the workforce.

The agenda will feature a showcase of work-based learning exhibits, table talks, networking opportunities and breakout sessions.

The cost is $50 for adults. There is no cost for students.

To register, visit https://iowastem.gov/FutureReadyIowaSummit-cc

LOCAL HISTORY NETWORK: Acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg joined historians and history buffs from around Iowa at his Capitol office to launch the Local History Network, a new statewide program from the State Historical Society of Iowa. According to state officials, the network will serve as an informational hub for history organizations to learn about best practices, funding opportunities and other industry news. Participants also can request technical assistance from State Historical Society staff about maintaining collections, creating exhibits, planning educational programs and more. The network also offers online tool kits to guide participants through specific challenges, from caring for textiles to writing grants.

SANCTUARY CITIES: Opponents of a bill to punish cities and counties if they fail to cooperate with federal immigration officials will gather at the Capitol from 4 to 6 p.m. March 21 to call for state legislators to reject SF 481, which is awaiting House action.

It is opposed by 78 law enforcement, community and faith groups.

The rally is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and 17 other groups.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This bill is dead, but it was dead before we came in the room and I just wanted to make that absolutely clear.” — House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Guy Vander Linden, R-Oskaloosa, talking about a proposal to repeal the bottle bill.

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‘UNCOMMON’ LAWMAKERS: Rep. Dawn Pettengill, R-Mount Auburn, and Sen. Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, were named recipients of the 2018 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award on Tuesday.

The Hoover Presidential Foundation presents the award to lawmakers who exemplify Iowa native President Herbert Hoover’s humanitarian efforts and commitment with uncommon service.

Pettengill, a District 75 representative who has announced plans to retire at the end of her seventh term, was honored for her “exemplary” contributions to the common good. She was described as “selfless with her time and fearless in her pursuit of justice and honesty for Iowans.”

Jochum was elected to the Iowa House in 1992 and then to the Iowa Senate in 2008. In addition to having served as the president of the Iowa Senate, Jochum played a leading role in expanding affordable health insurance coverage and standing up for citizens with disabilities.

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