2019 Legislative Session – Week 7

By: BrownWinick | 03.01.2019

Senate Republicans released their budget targets this week for the fiscal year beginning in July.  Their total spending, about $7.62 billion, is roughly $50 million less than that proposed by the House GOP.  The Senate version includes more spending for administration and regulation, and for economic development.  As usual, one of the largest line-items is Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 6

By: BrownWinick | 02.25.2019

House Republicans introduced their FY20 budget targets Tuesday (set out below), which call for slightly more spending than Governor Kim Reynolds proposed. Under the House plan, Standing Appropriations (or “Standings”) would receive the most funding, $3.86 billion.   The Standings bill is typically the last piece of legislation passed each session, and includes state employee salaries Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 5

By: BrownWinick | 02.17.2019

A surprise Senate resignation capped-off the fifth week of legislative session. Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls) stepped down from his seat Thursday, effective immediately.  He simultaneously quit his position with the Cedar Falls Fire Department, where he has served for 25 years.  In an interview with KWWL, a local TV station, Danielson said his decision stemmed Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 4

By: BrownWinick | 02.11.2019

Once again, legalized sports betting is top of minds for Iowa legislators.  Over the course of two two-hour hearings on eight different sports betting bills (HSB101, HSB102, HSB103, HSB124 SSB1080, SSB1081, SSB1079, and SSB1100), House and Senate lawmakers heard pitches from the Iowa Lottery, casinos, and sports leagues about who should regulate, oversee, and offer Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 3

By: BrownWinick | 02.04.2019

Despite the blast of arctic air hitting Iowa Wednesday, lawmakers didn’t miss a day of work this week. So far, legislators have filed roughly 560 bills.  On average, at least 2,000 bills are introduced each session.  As expected, the main order of business on Monday was the House debate on whether to seat Rep. Michael Bergan Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 2

By: BrownWinick | 02.01.2019

Despite having less time due to the MLK Day holiday, lawmakers significantly picked up their pace for the second week of the 2019 legislative session. With each chamber filing more than 100 bills between Tuesday and Friday, there are now at least 350 measures up for consideration.  Meanwhile, Rep. Michael Bergan (R-Dorchester) is one step closer Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 1

By: BrownWinick | 01.25.2019

Monday, January 14th marked the first day of the 2019 legislative session as thirty-one new lawmakers were sworn-in to office.  Republicans maintained their “trifecta” with Governor Reynolds’ November victory and their retained majorities in the Iowa Senate and House.  The Senate Republicans increased their caucus by three seats as they now have 32 members.   The House Read…