DES MOINES, Iowa – On Thursday, Iowa House and Senate leadership announced that the suspension of the legislative session will be extended until at least April 30. This decision follows Governor Kim Reynolds’ extension of her public health emergency declaration restrictions closing businesses and schools, as well as, prohibiting gatherings larger than ten people due the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health and safety of all Iowans is our top priority during this unprecedented situation. Continuing the pause on session is the right decision at this time but we hope to be back soon to complete our work,” Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, said. “I want to thank each and every Iowan for doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. I also want to thank Governor Reynolds for her strong leadership during this time of uncertainty. As Iowans, I have no doubt in my mind that we can get through this together.”
“The Iowa Legislature continues to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health. It is important for us to continue to lead by example and limit the possible spread of this disease,” Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, said. “I am thankful for all work done by Iowans in the face of the COVID-19. After this virus, I am confident Iowa will rebound stronger than ever.”
Leaders are working to schedule a Legislative Council meeting next week to formally extend the suspension of session. The Council will meet via teleconference.