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.
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.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds focused on water quality, tax reform, ending sexual harassment, investing in small-town Iowa, Medicaid, mental health, opioid addiction, education spending, and career readiness as she laid out her agenda for the 2018 legislative session.
The Iowa House and Iowa Senate gaveled in on Monday morning to launch the 2018 session of the 87th General Assembly with Republican leaders focused on tax reform during their opening remarks.
The second year of the 87th Iowa General Assembly begins Monday, January 8th. State Representative Steven Holt (R-Denison) highlights what he believes will be the main priorities this session.
Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix announced he appointed former Ambassador Mary Kramer to assist efforts to improve the Iowa Senate’s workplace culture.
Steven Holt: In the coming legislative session we will work with Governor Kim Reynolds to find ways to fight this growing public health hazard.
Following the death of State Rep. Curt Hanson, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds set the date of Iowa House District 82’s special election for August 8, 2017.
Iowa State Representative Curt Hanson (D-Fairfield), a member of the Iowa House since 2009, died at home on Friday. He was 73.
Iowa State Representative Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia), representing Iowa House District 22, died Wednesday afternoon after a battle with cancer.
Shane Vander Hart: To listen to the Iowa press and Democrats you would think the Iowa Legislature passed the mother lode for Iowa conservatives. Hardly.
State Representative Steven Holt (R-Denison): Promises were kept as we worked to advance freedom and opportunity for Iowans, based on our founding values.
14 Iowa House Democrats voted against a ban on monitoring devices in public restrooms and locker rooms in public schools, libraries, and government offices.
The Iowa Senate passed the Iowa House’s amendment to the 20-week abortion ban 30 to 20 sending the bill to Governor Terry Branstad’s desk.
Almost 80 years ago Iowa banned the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks; the Iowa Legislature voted to lift the ban in time for the 4th of July.
Steven Holt: Ths week in the Iowa House saw considerable progress on completing budgets, important legislation passed, and May 26th designated as John Wayne Day in Iowa.