Iowa Legislature Extends Suspension of Session

Iowa House and Senate leadership announced that the suspension of the legislative session will be extended until at least April 30 due to COVID-19.

Iowa Legislature Pass Measures to Fund Government, Pause Session

The Iowa Legislature passed a series of resolutions to pause the legislative session for 30 days while the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Iowa Will Not Expect Schools to Reschedule Missed Days Due to COVID-19 Closings

Legislation is expected to be passed and signed that waives the requirement that Iowa’s K-12 schools reschedule days missed for COVID-19 closings.

The Iowa Legislature Will Suspend Its Session for a Minimum of 30 Days

The Iowa Legislature announced that they will suspend the 2020 legislatives session for a minimum of 30 days following the announcement of community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa.

Iowa Senate Democrats’ K-12 Funding Complaints Elicits Firey Response

State Senator Amy Sinclair, responding to Iowa Senate Democrat complaints about K-12 education funding, said their record is overpromising and underdelivering.

Iowa House and Senate Reach K-12 Funding Agreement

Iowa House and Senate leaders announced an agreement on a K-12 funding package of nearly $100 million of new funding for the 2020-21 school year.

Moving Iowa Forward

State Rep. Steven Holt highlights bills the Iowa House passed in week seven dealing with health care professionals, free speech, youth entrepreneurship, and the Second Amendment.

Video: Public Hearing on the Protect Life Amendment

The Iowa House of Representatives held a public hearing on HJR 2004, the Protect Life Amendment, watch Iowans speak in support and opposition of the bill.

The Importance of Having a Conservative Majority

Matt Windschitl: The Iowa Legislature does not exist solely to pass legislation but also to prevent harmful legislation from becoming law.

Iowa House Bill Allowing Civil Action for Minors Accessing Porn Tabled

An Iowa House subcommittee tabled a bill, HF 2239, that opened online distributors of pornography to civil action if they knowingly allow access to minors.

Iowa House Bill Mandating Licensure for Abortion Facilities Advances

An Iowa House subcommittee advanced a bill, HSB 678, that requires the state licensure and inspection of individual abortion facilities.

Iowa House Bill Prohibiting Mandatory Microchipping of Employees Advances

The Iowa House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill, HF 580, prohibiting the mandatory or incentivized microchipping of employees.

Iowa House Bill Allows Personal Injury Lawsuits on Behalf of Unborn

State Rep. Jon Jacobsen introduced a bill in the Iowa House that would allow parents to file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of an unborn child.

The Protect Life Amendment Clears Iowa House Judiciary Committee

HSB 577, the proposed “Protect Life Amendment” to the Iowa Constitution, cleared the Iowa House Judiciary Committee by an 11 to 9 party-line vote.

Caucuses, Constitution, and Chips

State Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, highlights week 4 of the 2020 legislative session in the Iowa House that was highlighted by Caucuses, the Constitution and Chips.

Iowa House GOP Bill Removes ‘Gender Identity’ From Civil Rights Act

Iowa House Judiciary Chair Steven Holt said he has no intention of forwarding a bill that removes gender identity from the Civil Rights Act citing unintended consequences.