Upmeyer Announces Iowa House Committee Leadership

Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced the committee Chairs and Vice Chairs for the Eighty-Eighth General Assembly.

Lee Hein Appointed Iowa House Ways and Means Chairman

State Representative Lee Hein (R-Monticello) will chair the Iowa House Ways and Means Committee replacing State Representative Peter Cownie (R-West Des Moines) who lost re-election.

Iowa Pro-Life Lawmakers: Wasting No Time Protecting Unborn Iowans

Jenifer Bowen: Iowa — where our pro-life lawmakers and Governors have been hard at work saving the lives of as many unborn babies as possible — until abortion is no more.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Tax Reform Bill Into Law

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the tax reform bill, Senate File 2417, into law Wednesday at tablet manufacturer MobileDemand in Hiawatha.

Assessing the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session: My Top Five Disappointments

Shane Vander Hart shares his top five disappointments with the 2018 Iowa legislative session which includes a failure to pass a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, deal with current academic standards, expand school choice, limit state spending, and pass an Article V petition in the Iowa Senate.

Assessing the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session: My Top Five Highlights

Shane Vander Hart thinks the passage of the fetal heartbeat abortion ban, tax reform, Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment, sanctuary city/county ban, and keeping Iowa’s statewide assessment development in the state are the top five highlights from the 2018 Iowa Legislative session.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 359, the fetal heartbeat abortion ban, on Friday afternoon less than two days after the Iowa legislature sent it to her desk.

Iowa GOP State Central Committee Sees Some Turnover

Only half of the current Iowa GOP State Central Committee will return with four losing re-election at Iowa Republican district conventions, and four members deciding not to run again. The Third District also passed a resolution calling for a vote on the fetal heartbeat abortion ban in the Iowa House.

Reynolds, Iowa House and Senate Leaders Announce Agreement on Tax Reform

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ office announced an agreement between the Governor and Iowa House and Senate leaders on the tax reform package under consideration this session. The legislation when passed represents the largest tax reform package in state history.

Update: Reynolds Signs Bill Changing Iowa’s Statewide Assessment Developer

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bipartisan bill rejecting the Iowa Department of Education’s choice for a statewide assessment in favor of one developed by the University of Iowa’s Iowa Testing Program.

The Iowa Legislature Should Not Delay Tax Reform

John Hendrickson: Delaying tax reform would be a setback for Iowa’s taxpayers and our economy. By lowering tax rates and controlling spending, Iowa will not only create a stronger economy with more opportunities, but also provide for the priorities of state government. 

Middle Class Tax Relief Act Unveiled in Iowa House

Steven Holt: Our Middle Class Tax Relief Act will reform Iowa’s tax code to make it fairer. It will be sustainable, responsible, and is built for the 21st century and the changing way people make purchases.

Update: Kim Reynolds Signs Ban on Sanctuary Cities and Counties

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 481, a ban on sanctuary cities and counties, Tuesday afternoon along with 16 other bills without comment.

Meckler, Coburn Push for Iowa Senate to Pass Article V Convention Resolution

The Convention of the States Project held a rally at the Iowa State Capitol for the passage of HJR 12 (companion SJR 8), a resolution that calls for an Article V convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that impose fiscal restraints and limits the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Reynolds Signs Bill Enhancing Iowa’s Newborn Safe Haven Law

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed seven bills on Thursday, one of which was SF 360 which expands and enhances Iowa’s newborn “safe haven” law originally enacted in 2002.

Education Savings Accounts Receive New Life in the Iowa Senate

Education savings accounts were reintroduced in the Iowa Senate’s version of the Iowa Student Opportunities Act (SSB 3206) by State Senator Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) as an appropriations bill and passed through an appropriations subcommittee.