2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Two Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 01.22.2021

With the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, this was a short week for lawmakers. On Wednesday, Senate Education Committee Chair Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton) introduced two of the governor’s priority education bills. SSB 1064 would require all public and private schools to offer 100% in-person instruction for students. Schools would also be allowed to Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week One Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 01.17.2021

  The legislature convened for the 89th General Assembly Monday, welcoming 26 newly-elected lawmakers to the statehouse. With Republicans maintaining their majority in the Senate and expanding it in the House, the GOP will continue driving the state’s policy agenda for the next two years. In his opening remarks, House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) Read…

2020 Iowa Election Takeaways

By: Matthew McKinney | 11.06.2020

  While several close races remain following Tuesday’s elections, Republicans have expanded their Iowa House majority, maintained control of the Senate, and netted at least one new congressional seat. BrownWinick’s Government Relations team has carefully reviewed the current election results and produced a detailed report on all 130 state and federal races. Below you’ll find Read…

2020 Election Summary

By: Matthew McKinney | 10.30.2020

  With only days until the November 3rd election, the BrownWinick’s Government Relation’s Team has developed a 2020 Election summary document to provide the most up-to-date information. As a reminder, the Iowa Senate has 25 seats up for election this year and the Iowa House has all 100 seats. Currently, the Iowa Senate and House Read…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 10

By: Amanda Loder | 06.05.2020

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Wednesday following an 11-week suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since they paused activity days prior to the second funnel deadline, most bills that did not pass the House or Senate, plus committee in the other chamber by the end of the day on Friday, June 5 are “dead” for Read…

Revenue Estimating Conference Summary – May 29, 2020

By: Matthew McKinney | 06.04.2020

  The REC (a three member panel comprised of Dave Roederer, Holly Lyons, and David Underwood) met yesterday afternoon (5/29/20) at the request of legislative leadership and Governor Reynolds to reconsider the REC’s March 2020 revenue estimate given the impact of COVID-19 on state revenues.  A short summary of the information discussed during the meeting Read…

COVID-19 Update: New Proclamation Restricting Northeast Iowa Activities

By: Matthew McKinney | 04.16.2020

  Today, Governor Reynolds announced additional restrictions in Northeast Iowa due to the heightened risk of COVID-19. Risk is based upon several factors, measured across 6 different geographic regions (as we’ve outlined before and depicted on the attached map), and ranked on a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being highest risk).  Today, region 6 Read…

Governor Reynolds Announces New Programs to Help Small Businesses

By: Matthew McKinney | 03.23.2020

  Governor Reynolds announced today, March 23, 2020, a total of $4 million available through two new programs to help Iowa Small Businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this afternoon’s press conference, Governor Reynolds and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director, Debi Durham, outlined two entirely new programs: Small Business Relief Program Grants: Benefits: $5,000 – $25,000; Read…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 9

By: Amanda Loder | 03.13.2020

NOTE:  This post has been updated to reflect new measures taken by the governor and lawmakers to address coronavirus-related issues as of late afternoon Monday, March 16. Legislative leadership has suspended the 2020 session for at least the next 30 days due to community spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Read…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 8

By: Amanda Loder | 03.06.2020

Lawmakers passed their first major appropriations bill this week, funding K-12 education.  Under SF 2142 school spending would increase by about $85.57 million.  The 2.3% funding hike was a compromise between Senate and House Republicans.  While the Senate proposed a 2.1% increase, the House called for 2.5%, which is what Governor Kim Reynolds requested in Read…