The Iowa Senate Education Committee will consider a bill that will allow public school districts and accredited non-public schools to start their school year on the Monday following the end of the Iowa State Fair if it falls earlier than August 23.
Iowans for Tax Relief: HF 2063’s goal is to ensure that TIF activities adhere to the true intent of the program by placing some common-sense guide rails around the program.
Jack Whitver: One of our shared goals with our water quality bill was to provide a dedicated funding source for water quality. I am proud we were able to make a significant investment without raising taxes.
State Senator Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) introduced a bill into the Iowa Senate that would require parents who homeschool under independent private instruction (IPI) to submit a written notice to their local school districts by September 1st of their intent to do so.
John Hendrickson: The Iowa Legislature has a unique opportunity to enact tax relief by lowering rates across-the-board and begin the process of controlling spending with the 99 percent spending limitation amendment.
Jason Schultz: The Iowa Beverage Container Deposit Law, or “Bottle Bill” as most people refer to it, was enacted in 1978 in response to the number of cans found discarded in road ditches. Should the Iowa Legislature update, repeal, or leave the law alone?
Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), who sued the University of Iowa after they were kicked off campus last fall for requiring their leaders to agree with their statement of faith, claimed a victory in federal district court.
Shane Vander Hart: Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer made the right decision removing State Representative Chip Baltimore as the House Judiciary Committee Chair following his OWI arrest. Baltimore should also resign from the House following this session.
Eleven states allow the Bible to be taught as literature in their public schools, with Kentucky being one of the most recent. Should a bill, HF 2031, introduced in the Iowa House on Wednesday pass into law Iowa would join that number.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds proclaimed January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month on Wednesday at a signing at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
Republican Jacob Bossman defeated Democrat Rita DeJong 55.7% to 44.3% in an expected low turnout for a special election in Iowa House District 6 to replace Jim Carlin who, in December, won a special election for the Iowa Senate.
Shane Vander Hart provides a round-up of K-12 education bills of note that are before the Iowa House and Iowa Senate Education Committees after the first week of the 2018 session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly.
Jack Whitver: I have never been more optimistic about what lies ahead for our state. It is a great time to be an Iowan, but an even better time lies ahead if tackle the big issues and commit to bold ideas.
Jason Schultz: As we get back in the habit of driving to the Capitol each day, I am reminded of how grateful I am to serve western Iowa as their Senator. The work we do now will benefit Iowa for years and even a generation to come, and I am thankful they allow me to be a part of it.
John Hendrickson: Nebraska’s Governor Pete Ricketts (R) can serve as an example for Iowans as he is leading his state’s effort to reform spending, which is not only sound policy for taxpayers but also for economic growth.
Shane Vander Hart: Since it is the start of a new legislative session, The Des Moines Register takes yet another shot at homeschooling in 2018.