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 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.

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.

Iowa Senate Passes Welfare Eligibility Verification Improvements

The Iowa Senate passed a bill that establishes a real-time verification system for public assistance programs managed by the Department of Human Services.

Whitver Outlines Legislative Progress in Iowa Senate

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, highlighted the progress of a number legislative priorities in the Iowa Senate during the 2020 session.

Iowa Senate Republicans Propose $91.7 Million in New K-12 Funding

Iowa Senate Republicans propose $91.7 million in new funding for K -12 education representing a total increase of more than $300 million since FY 2017.

Iowa Senate Republican Leadership 2020 Opening Remarks

Read the transcripts of the 2020 opening remarks given by Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver and Iowa Senate President Charles Schneider.

Sweeney Replaces Miller-Meeks as Iowa Senate Human Resources Chair

State Senator Annette Sweeney replaces State Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks as chair of the Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee.

Whitver Updates Iowa Senate Republicans Committee Assignments

Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver updates committee assignments and leadership in response to State Sen. Randy Feenstra stepping down as Ways and Means chair.

Feenstra Steps Down as Iowa Senate Ways and Means Chair

State Sen. Randy Feenstra announced he would step down as the Iowa Senate Ways and Means Chair to focus more time on the Iowa 4th Congressional District race.

Reynolds Vetoes Medical CBD Program Expansion

Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed HF 732, the Medical Cannabidiol Act, citing concern about lifting the three percent THC limit for approved products.

Iowa Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate adjourned Sine Die for the 2019 session of the 88th General Assembly.

Iowa Senate Passes Medicaid Work Requirements

The Iowa Senate passed SF 538, a bill that provides work requirements for Iowa’s Medicaid recipients, by a party-line 32 to 17 vote.

Iowa Senate Passes Judicial Nomination Reform

The Iowa Senate voted 32 to 17 along party lines to pass SF 237, a bill that reforms how members of Iowa’s judicial nomination commissions are selected.

Iowa Senate Republicans Release Budget Targets

The Iowa Senate budget of $7,619,300,000 is the same amount of funding allocated in FY 2019 and significantly less than what the House and Governor propose.

Opening Day 2019: Iowa Senate Republican Leadership Remarks

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) and Senate President Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) offered remarks to open the Iowa Senate.