Senate Republicans Oppose Iowa Utilities Board’s Attempt to Expand Eminent Domain Authority

State Senator Zach Whiting: “My principal concern is the dramatic expansion of eminent domain authority the IUB appears to give itself.”

National Group Hails Iowa’s Budgeting Practices

The Council of State Governments said Iowa is the most fiscally sound, most resilient state in the country when it comes to battling through COVID-19.

Nunn Called to Active Military Duty

State Senator Zach Nunn, R-Bondurant, will serve on active duty with the U.S. Air Force beginning July 20, 2020 through spring 2021.

Iowa’s Registered Voters Will Receive Absentee Ballot Request Forms in the Mail

Iowa’s Legislative Council unanimously approved Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s plan to mail absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters for the general election.

Grassley, Whitver Support Law Enforcement Action, Condemn Violence at State Capitol

Speaker Pat Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver said they support law enforcement action that led to 17 arrests at the State Capitol after a protest turned violent.

Iowans for Tax Relief: What Did Iowa’s Lawmakers Accomplish?

Iowans for Tax Relief provides a recap of the 2020 Iowa legislative session in light of sound tax policy, spending, transparency, and economic freedom.

Governor, House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader Request REC Meeting

The Revenue Estimating Conference estimate will be used as a data point for the Iowa Legislature to use in the creation of a FY 2021 budget.

Iowa Legislature to Resume Session on June 3

Iowa House and Senate leaders announced the Iowa Legislature will reconvene on Wednesday, June 3 at 9:00 am after suspending it on March 16 due to COVID-19.

Iowa Legislature Extends Suspension of Session Through May 15

Iowa House and Senate leadership announced they would extend the suspension of the legislative session through May 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.