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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 481, a ban on sanctuary cities and counties, Tuesday afternoon along with 16 other bills without comment.
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.
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signed seven bills on Thursday, one of which was SF 360 which expands and enhances Iowa’s newborn “safe haven” law originally enacted in 2002.
Shane Vander Hart: I’m perplexed at how anyone could insinuate that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is not serious about addressing sexual harassment, but Kathie Obradovich at The Des Moines Register found a way.
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.
Jack Whitver: As a father of three young children, I have only one agenda. It is not a Republican agenda or a Democrat agenda. It is an Iowa agenda. It is one that ensures our kids and our grandkids have more opportunities than we have had.
Iowa Democrats hope for a historic blue wave in 2018 due to President Trump’s unpopularity, a competitive gubernatorial race, a good turnout for the mid-term Iowa Caucuses, the potential to flip Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, and the number of Republican state legislators retiring.
Kelvey Vander Hart: Approaching the funnel deadline on Friday, the fetal heartbeat abortion ban received new life with new language and a new strategy to pass it through the Iowa House.
The Iowa Senate Republican Caucus announced that Ed Failor, who served as a senior aide to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock), has resigned. He worked for Iowa Senate Republicans since 2012.
Iowa Senate Republicans will caucus on Wednesday to decide who will replace former Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) who resigned on Monday. Who should they choose to replace him? Shane Vander Hart has an idea.