Iowa Pro-Life Leaders say that even though SF 253 did not survive, the funnel is self-imposed by the Legislature and not binding on their efforts.
Jack Whitver: Bills related to Voter ID, traffic cameras, fireworks, and the Second Amendment have survived the first funnel in the Iowa Legislature.
Megan Jones: The Ombudsman’s office called for Iowa’s licensing boards to commit to greater transparency to improve public confidence in their work.
The life at conception bills, HF 297 and SF 253, died in their respective committees in a Republican-majority Iowa House and Senate.
Iowa is a step closer to joining with eight states in calling for a convention to pass amendments to provide fiscal restraints and limits to federal power.
The Iowa Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders announced the launch of the “She’s a Baby” campaign across the state as the Life at Conception Bill is being debated.
A super-majority of Iowans support the creation of Educational Savings Accounts in Iowa to help with “educational expenses for school-aged children.”
Senate File 253, a life at conception bill in the Iowa Senate, passes 2 to 1 in subcommittee and will advance to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Shane Vander Hart: A Des Moines Register poll says a majority of Iowans oppose public funds being used for private options, earlier polls suggest otherwise.
Jack Whitver: SF 1 requires a jobs impact statement be provided by a state agency when it proposes a new rule for the Administrative Rules Committee to consider.
Steven Holt: During the debate on collective bargaining reforms last week in the Iowa Legislature a number of inaccurate statements were made.
Jason Schultz: Our reforms will have the effect of balancing the experience between the private sector, who provides the vast majority of tax revenue for public services, and the public sector employees who provide the services Iowans expect.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed HF 291, the public sector collective bargaining reform bill, into law that passed in the Iowa House and Senate this week
Jack Whitver: Passing a constitutional amendment to place the 99 percent expenditure limitation into the state constitution is advantageous for Iowa.
State Representative Ken Rizer (R-Marion): I was proud to vote for public sector collective bargaining reform. I voted for this bill for one overriding reason: to save Iowa’s public schools.
John Hendrickson: Iowa lawmakers can learn from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Act 10 reforms as they debate collective bargaining reform here.