Communicating with legislators
Day-to-day communication with legislators is the responsibility of the Board of Regents' State Relations Officers. Each regents university is assigned a state relations officer whose office is located on campus. The state relations officers:
- Communicate policies in one-on-one meetings with legislators
- Coordinate requests for information about the university from legislators
- Schedule appearances by university specialists before legislative committees and
- Ensure that the president of the university is kept apprised of key legislative developments.
Strong state legislative relations are of critical importance as Iowa State pursues its goal of providing a world-class education, research and outreach services to Iowa's families, communities and businesses.
Regents set state legislative policy
The Board of Regents has the sole authority to determine the state legislative policy for Iowa State and the other institutions the board governs. These policies are determined by the board in consultation with ISU President Steven Leath and the heads of the other regents institutions. The board's exclusive authority in policy setting ensures that the governor and state legislature receive a cohesive legislative plan for all the institutions that focuses on the highest priorities for the universities' education, research and outreach missions and makes the most efficient use of state appropriations.
Joe Murphy is ISU's state relations officer. He serves as Iowa State's primary public affairs and legislative contact, at the direction of the state Board of Regents.
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