2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Seven Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 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: Amanda Loder | 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: Amanda Loder | 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…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Four Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 02.05.2021

This week the Senate began considering two far-reaching bills proposed by Governor Kim Reynolds that would address the affordable housing shortage and policing issues. SSB 1142 is aimed at increasing affordable housing stock largely through tax credits. The bill would establish a new $15 million low-income housing credit designed to match a federal credit. It Read…

2021 Iowa Legislative Session – Week Three Summary

By: Amanda Loder | 01.29.2021

This week Republican lawmakers moved rapidly on two of Governor Kim Reynolds’ highest priorities, with Reynolds signing one of the bills this morning. SF 160 requires all schools to offer 100% in-person learning. Schools can continue offering additional online or hybrid options, and the waiver process for coronavirus outbreaks remains the same. Senate Republicans approved Read…

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…