1.1 Mission statement
The Iowa Capitol Press Association exists to promote and support robust coverage of Iowa state government for the benefit of the public, and to advocate for policies that encourage transparency, access, and for conditions in which press corps members can conduct their work safely and effectively.
Membership is available to any individual print, radio, television, wire service or Internet reporter, or photo or video journalist, who regularly produces original reporting on the Iowa Legislature and/or Iowa state government.
Membership is not available to registered lobbyists, or to any elected official or candidate for office, or anyone who produces content for an organization whose primary function is to advocate, lobby, or otherwise influence legislative, executive or judicial decisions. Membership is not available to anyone who has been paid in the past two years to work for a political party or political candidate. Membership is not available to anyone who has been paid in the past two years to work for a political action committee, as defined by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board or the Federal Election Commission.
2.2 Accepting new members
New members are accepted by the executive committee. If the executive committee feels an individual's qualifications are in doubt, the current membership will vote on the individual's proposed membership. The individual shall be granted membership if a simple majority of ICPA members who vote vote to accept the new member.
2.3 Removing members
The ICPA shall have the authority to remove any member who fails to meet or maintain membership requirements. The ICPA executive committee shall notify such members in writing that the executive committee believes the member no longer meets membership requirements. If the member disagrees, they may request within 30 days of the notification being sent an opportunity to speak at a meeting of ICPA members and/or a vote on whether they should be removed from the group. If the member in question requests a vote on their removal, the ICPA shall hold a vote within 30 days of the request and shall remove the member if agreed to by a simple majority vote of members who vote. If the member fails to respond within 30 days of the notification being sent, the ICPA executive committee shall remove the member from the ICPA.
3.1 Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist of three members:
The Executive Committee shall not include two or more members employed by the same news organization. The ICPA shall endeavor to elect Executive Committee members who each represent a different medium.
3.2 Election of Executive Committee Members
ICPA members will hold an election every two years to fill vacant positions. The executive committee shall set the election in November of odd-numbered years by the Friday before Thanksgiving. Nominations for vacancies are due one week before the election date.
The presiding officer shall distribute all nominations to all members at least three days prior to the date set for the election. Officers will be elected by secret ballot. The presiding officer shall distribute the ballots to the members. Candidates who receive a simple majority of votes from members who voted shall be declared the winners.
The presiding officer shall appoint an ICPA member who is not a member of the Executive Committee or a candidate to collect the ballots and announce the results to ICPA members.
3.3 Executive Committee Terms
Officers holding the office of President, Vice President and Secretary will each hold two-year terms that shall expire the day after the election is held.
3.4 The line of succession and peaceful transition of power
In the event of a vacancy on the executive committee, the vice president shall become president, and the secretary shall become vice president. The executive committee shall call an election for secretary to be held as soon as practicable.
The transition of power shall be conducted peacefully.
3.5 Executive Committee Duties
The ICPA president shall be responsible for the following:
The ICPA Vice President shall be responsible for the following:
The ICPA Secretary shall be responsible for the following:
4.1 Meeting schedule