AMES, Iowa -- Some 200 4-H members and volunteers attended 4-H Day at the Legislature March 21 in Des Moines, braving wind and snow to study legislation and visit the State Capitol. The event is an activity offered by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Delegates who made it to the Historical Building between 7 and 8:30 a.m. were treated to an Iowa Egg Council omelet breakfast, followed by a photo shoot with members of the Iowa House and Senate.
Delegates explored some important issues to be faced during this year's legislative session, attending one of five educational seminars. Speakers for the seminars included: biotech (Steve Daugherty, director of biotech affairs, Pioneer Hi-Bred International); bird flu (Dr. Darrel Trampel, ISU professor of veterinary medicine, and Randy Dreher with Southwest Iowa Egg); extracurricular eligibility (Carol Greta, legal counsel for the State Board of Education); bullying (Don Broshar, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development specialist); and drugs and criminal justice (Ross Loder, legislative liaison with the Iowa Department of Public Safety, and Brenda Allen, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program coordinator).
Also on the agenda were a youth in governance presentation that included legislative pages, State of Iowa Youth Action Committee (SIYAC) members and ISU Ambassadors. SIYAC is a committee of youth, ages 15 to 18, who interact on a regular basis with state policy makers to discuss those issues that affect and are of interest to Iowa youth.
Delegates also toured either the Capitol or Supreme Court, spent time talking with legislators and displayed community service projects in the Capitol Rotunda. One delegate per county also was interviewed by ISU Extension audio producer Doug Cooper. Interviews will be available for download at http://184.108.40.206/radio/index.php. Podcasts of selected interviews will be available at /emms/podcast/. Group photos of county delegations may be downloaded at /4H/LegislativeDay/index.htm.
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. In Iowa, 4-H is headquartered on the Iowa State campus in Ames.
Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org