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 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…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 7

By: Amanda Loder | 02.28.2020

Since many bills failed to clear the key “first funnel” deadline, lawmakers have shifted their focus to debating active legislation on the floor and crafting government spending measures.  Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill Tuesday allocating more than $13 million to address K-12 funding inequities.  SF 2164 authorizes $7.2 million to assist school districts with Read…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 6

By: Amanda Loder | 02.21.2020

Lawmakers focused heavily on committee work this week, as they raced to beat Friday’s first funnel deadline.  Most legislation that hasn’t passed full committee in either the Senate or the House isn’t eligible for consideration the rest of session.  (The major exceptions to this rule are bills dealing with taxes, spending, or government oversight.)  With that Read…

2020 Legislative Session – Week 2

By: BrownWinick | 01.24.2020

With subcommittee and committee work underway, moves to regulate vaping products are gaining steam on both sides of the aisle.  In response to a new federal law raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 years old, Iowa lawmakers are working toward codifying the change at the state level.  Read…