Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy is hosting a public forum on education and mental health at the Des Moines Public Library on December 12.

According to McCoy and other legislators, the issues surrounding education and mental health will be major priorities for the 2016 legislative session.

McCoy’s legislative assistant, Taylor Van De Krol, told Iowa Free Press, “These will be the two main topics that will be discussed next spring at the capitol.”

Saturday’s forum will be divided into two parts, one for each topic. Along with McCoy, representatives from theĀ Iowa Hospital Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be speaking about such matters.

Van De Krol said there will also be two senate democratic caucus staffers, “one for each part of the forum.”

McCoy, a seven-term member of the Iowa Senate, represents Senate District 21. According to his office, McCoy tries to host an annual public forum before the next legislative session “to hear input from concerned constituents and other Iowans.”

The forum will take place at DMPL located at 1326 Forest Avenue. The public is invited to attend this event, which is scheduled to start at 10:30am and end at noon.

Event organizers informed Iowa Free Press “there will be room for questions and comments if time permits for each section.”

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