2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 14 Summary

By: BrownWinick | 04.19.2021

  Last Thursday Senate Republicans introduced one of the final major budget bills for the coming fiscal year. The Health and Human Services (HHS) appropriations bill, SSB 1267, sets funding levels for the Iowa Department of HHS, Department of Public Health, Iowa Finance Authority, Department of Veteran Affairs, Iowa Veterans Home, Department of Aging, Office Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 13 Summary

By: BrownWinick | 04.12.2021

  Governor Kim Reynolds’ broadband expansion proposal is gaining ground in both chambers. Last Tuesday the Senate unanimously passed HF 848, which would establish a grant framework to rapidly extend broadband access to underserved rural areas. Two days later, House Republicans moved to fund the program, earmarking $100 million in their Administration and Regulation appropriations Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 12 Summary

By: BrownWinick | 04.05.2021

  Last Friday marked the end of the second legislative funnel, clearing the way for lawmakers to focus primarily on budget issues for the remainder of the session. Most bills that didn’t pass either the House or Senate plus committee in the opposite chamber are now “dead” through the end of the session. The main Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 11 Summary

By: BrownWinick | 03.26.2021

  Lawmakers are once again stepping up committee work to beat the second legislative funnel deadline. Most bills that haven’t passed one chamber plus committee in the other by Friday, April 2 will be dead for the rest of the session. The main exceptions are tax, spending, and government oversight legislation. After that, the legislature Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week 10 Summary

By: BrownWinick | 03.19.2021

  Following a surprise move by Democrats, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would gradually eliminate Iowa’s inheritance tax and remove the required revenue benchmarks the state must reach before 2018 tax cuts take effect. Although Democrats initially opposed SF 576 in committee, they supported the measure on the floor, which passed 46-0 Wednesday. Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Nine Summary

By: BrownWinick | 03.13.2021

  Lawmakers are shifting their focus toward floor debate following last Friday’s procedural deadline for most committee work. That includes the House overwhelmingly passing two bills aimed at increasing child care access across the state. HF 712 would offer developers tax credits for building child care facilities. Sixty percent of the funds would initially be Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Eight Summary

By: BrownWinick | 03.08.2021

  Lawmakers raced to advance dozens of bills in an effort to beat last Friday’s “first funnel” procedural deadline. Most bills that didn’t pass both subcommittee and full committee in either the House or Senate by March 5 are now “dead” for the remainder of this legislative session. The main exceptions are bills dealing with Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Seven Summary

By: BrownWinick | 02.26.2021

Schools will receive a 2.4% funding increase under a bill Governor Kim Reynolds signed into law Tuesday. House and Senate Republicans reached a compromise on the spending measure earlier this month. Reynolds and the House had supported a 2.5% increase, while the Senate GOP favored a 2.2% hike. Although the funding levels in SF 269 Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Six Summary

By: BrownWinick | 02.19.2021

  As states across the country struggled with frigid temperatures that strained power grids, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster emergency proclamation designed to protect Iowa’s heating fuel supply chain. On Monday, she temporarily suspended regulations limiting crew and driver hours of service for those hauling diesel, natural gas, propane, and other heating fuels. The Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Five Summary

By: BrownWinick | 02.12.2021

  House and Senate Republicans have reached an agreement on school funding, which the House passed Thursday. Under SF 269 K-12 funding would increase by 2.4% for the 2021-22 school year. That’s higher than the Senate’s proposed 2.2% and slightly lower than the 2.5% favored by Governor Kim Reynolds and House Republicans. It’s also a Read…