JUNE 2022

JUNE 2022


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June 2022 Newsletter
By Shawn Morgan, Junior Director 

This is the first newsletter of 2022 from the Iowa State Police Association (ISPA).  That means the junior board member gets to introduce themselves….so here it goes.
First, a little personal information about myself. I am a lifelong resident of Iowa. I grew up in a small town in western Iowa, then moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa and now live in the metro area where I work for the Des Moines Police Department. I have two daughters who are young enough to enjoy spending time with me, but old enough to be relatively self-sufficient. I see this “sweet spot” of raising girls ending very soon, and then will be stuck playing Monopoly by myself while they are upstairs on their phones texting their friends about what a nerd their dad is.


2022 Police Week - DC LEGISLATIVE DAY
By Josh Bell, President

After a two-year absence, The Iowa State Police Association was once again represented in Washington D.C. during Police Week.  It was great to be able to spend time with all of our State's Senators and Representatives along with their staff. Attendees included ISPA Past Presidents Zach Lewis and Steve Hanson, 2nd Vice President Judy Kellen and myself. 
This year we focused on discussing the below issues with the Senators and Representatives:

  • The elimination of the Windfall Act that severely limits earned social security benefits. 
  • Increased protections for law enforcement by passing the Back the Blue Act and Protect and Serve Act. 
  • Ensuring equal opportunities to DOJ grants, which would allow small local departments (fewer than 200 Officers) direct access to grants such as training for Officer Safety, de-escalation, domestic response, body worn cameras, recruitment/retention, and mental health resources for Officers.
  • The HELPS Retiree Improvement Act which would increase the amount of tax free dollars a retiree can take out their pension from the current $3,000 to $6,000 annually to be used towards health insurance premiums. 



Iowa Legislative Report
Iowa State Police Association
89th General Assembly, 2022 Session
End of Session Wrap Up: May 24, 2022
Fitzgerald, Smith & Associates, Lobbyists


The 2022 legislative session was scheduled to end on April 19th but the policy and fiscal disagreements between the Governor, House and Senate did not allow that to happen. After a mini shutdown, sending legislators home while leadership negotiated, it looks like we’ve final come to an end. As I write this final update, the legislature is putting the final touches on agreed to legislation and budget bills that should allow the Sine Die resolution to be passed, ending the 2022 legislative session.  



By Ryan Goecke, ISPA Secretary-Treasurer, Past President

On behalf of the Iowa State Police Association Board of Directors I would ask you to join us in welcoming David McFarland as the new ISPA Secretary-Treasurer.

McFarland, Local #12 Waterloo, served as the association president during the 2018-2019 term, hosting the 87th Annual Conference in 2019. He is currently serving as the Active Police Officer Member of the Municipal Fire and Police Retirement System of Iowa (MFPRSI) Board of Trustees.


October 2-6 2022
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Plans for the 90th Annual ISPA Conference are full speed ahead.  Local #5 Cedar Rapids is working hard to create an exceptional conference. The conference this year will be held in the beautiful downtown of Cedar Rapids at the Double Tree hotel.  We have secured a conference room rate of $140/night.  Please call the hotel at (319) 731-4444, make sure to ask for the ISPA conference room rate.  

As the conference gets closer we will pass along and have additional information on the website.  You can access the website via the below button. 
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