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 1

By: BrownWinick | 01.17.2020

The first week of the 2020 Iowa legislative sessionstarted Monday with the swearing-in of a new House Republican leadership team. Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) was officially named Speaker of the House, while Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley) was sworn in as Majority Leader. Grassley listed workforce-related issues as his top concerns, including access to Read…

BrownWinick Law Firm Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2020 “Best Law Firms” List

By: BrownWinick | 11.01.2019

BrownWinick has been included in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings[i]. The tenth edition of the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® released the 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings on November 1, 2019. Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2020 Best Lawyers List

By: BrownWinick | 08.15.2019

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 24 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers® has published their list for more than three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 14

By: BrownWinick | 04.22.2019

House and Senate Republicans have reached an agreement on the budget for next fiscal year (FY20). Under the joint plan, the state will spend $7.64 billion from the general fund.  That’s a 0.2 percent increase from last year.  Although lawmakers can legally spend 99 percent of ongoing revenues, the GOP proposal uses just north of Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 13

By: BrownWinick | 04.12.2019

House and Senate Republicans are continuing to hash-out next year’s budget (FY20), but have yet to agree on the final figures.  Those so-called “joint budget targets” lay out how much both chambers are willing to spend on big-ticket appropriations, like education, economic development, and health and human services.  In the absence of joint targets, the Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 12

By: BrownWinick | 04.05.2019

Lawmakers raced bills through committee this week, scrambling to beat the second legislative “Funnel.”  Most policy measures that didn’t pass out of the House or Senate, and a full committee in the opposite chamber by Friday are dead for the remainder of session.  Tax, spending, government oversight, and leadership bills are largely exempt from this deadline.  With Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 10

By: BrownWinick | 03.22.2019

Governor Kim Reynolds has shifted her focus toward disaster relief following catastrophic floods across Iowa.  Yesterday, she requested that President Donald Trump issue an expedited Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for 57 counties.  That move would immediately free up federal recovery resources, including FEMA funding.  So far, the floods have hit southwestern Iowa hardest.  Statewide, the Reynolds Administration Read…

March 2019 REC Summary

By: BrownWinick | 03.18.2019

The Revenue Estimating Conference (“REC”) met yesterday morning (3/15/19) in Des Moines.  A short summary of the information discussed during the meeting is below, along with the below spreadsheet handed out during the meeting that contains more detailed information.  In short, the report from yesterday shows that revenues for the existing fiscal year (FY19) are Read…

2019 Legislative Session – Week 9

By: BrownWinick |

Iowa’s budget forecast remains relatively stable, although the state will bring in slightly less revenue than anticipated. That’s according to numbers released today by the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC).  The expert panel projected the state will rake in $7.84 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1.  That’s roughly $20 million less than they predicted last December. Read…