Municipal Firearms Restrictions Preemption Bill Advances in Iowa Senate

The Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill that preempts local governments restricting Iowans from lawful possession of firearms and attachments.

What Would Claire Celsi Tweet?

A look through one week of tweets by State Senator Claire Celsi one can see she would rather be a partisan activist than serious legislator.

Iowa Senate Panel Forwards Work Requirement Bill for Medicaid, SNAP

An Iowa Senate subcommittee forwarded a bill, SSB 3158, that adds a work requirement for Iowans on Medicaid or receiving SNAP benefits.

Amendment Declaring No Right to Abortion Clears Iowa Senate Committee

The Iowa Senate State Government Committee passed an amendment to the Iowa Constitution that declares there is no constitutional right to abortion. by a 10 to 5 vote.

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.

Episode 76: Jason Schultz Discusses Funnel Week in the Iowa Senate

State Senator Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) discusses the first funnel week with Shane Vander Hart on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Advances in Iowa Senate

Iowa’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) survived the first funnel week of the 2018 legislative session. SSB 3171, sponsored by State Senator Julian Garrett (R-Indianola) was passed out of the Iowa Senate Local Government Committee by a 7 to 4 vote.

Fetal Heartbeat Bill Advances in Iowa Senate

A bill, SSB 3143, that would ban abortions of pre-born babies when a heartbeat is detected passed through its subcommittee in the Iowa Senate on a 2 to 1 vote.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act Filed in the Iowa Senate

A bill entitled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was filed in the Iowa Senate on Thursday.  The bill is modeled after the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 that was passed with bipartisan support in Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Iowa Pro-Life Leaders: The Funnel Is a Self-Imposed Deadline

Iowa Pro-Life Leaders say that even though SF 253 did not survive, the funnel is self-imposed by the Legislature and not binding on their efforts.

Life at Conception Bill Advances in the Iowa Senate

Senate File 253, a life at conception bill in the Iowa Senate, passes 2 to 1 in subcommittee and will advance to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Signs Collective Bargaining Reform Into Law

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed HF 291, the public sector collective bargaining reform bill, into law that passed in the Iowa House and Senate this week

Republicans Seek to Reform Iowa’s Collective Bargaining Law

Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Senate and House Republicans seek to reform the state’s collective bargaining law that has not been reviewed since 1974.

The Iowa Senate Votes to Defund Abortion Providers

The Iowa Senate passed SF 2, a bill that reallocates state taxpayer money away from abortion providers, by a party-line 30 to 20 vote.

Measure Defunding Abortion Providers Advances in the Iowa Senate

SF 2, a measure that defunds Iowa’s abortion providers of taxpayer money and reallocate to clinics that don’t provide abortion, advances in Iowa Senate.

A Wave of Pro-Life Bills Filed in the Iowa Senate

The Iowa Senate with its new GOP majority have six pro-life bills filed including bills defunding abortion providers and banning abortions at 20-weeks.