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.

Steve King Earns Iowa State Senators’ Endorsements

Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) announced the endorsement of State Senators Bill Anderson, Dennis Guth, Mark Segebart, and Jason Schultz.

Projecting Iowa’s Tax Revenue and How It Impacts State Budgeting

Jason Schultz: Revenue Estimating Conference convened to provide their most recent assessment of Iowa tax income for Fiscal Years 16, 17, and 18.

Why One State Legislator Skipped the Condition of the Judiciary Address

Iowa State Senator Jason Schultz (R-Schleswig) explains why he decided to take a pass on Chief Justice Mark S. Cady’s Condition of the Judiciary address.

Iowa Senate Democrats Reject Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Iowa Senate Democrats reject amendments in SF 505 that would require welfare recipients and state legislators become subject to random drug testing.

Holding Local Schools Hostage

Schools need to know what the amount of State Supplemental Aid so they can budget and schools need to know the start date so they can plan their calendars.

Iowa’s Growing Debt

Jason Schultz: It surprises many to learn the amount of Iowa debt among the state and subdivisions now totals over $15 billion.