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.

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.

K-12 Education Bills of Note Before Iowa Legislature Early in 2018

Shane Vander Hart provides a round-up of K-12 education bills of note that are before the Iowa House and Iowa Senate Education Committees after the first week of the 2018 session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly.

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.

Iowa Lawmakers Reach for Local Control of Education

There have been several bills filed in the Iowa House and Senate this year dedicated to devolving the power and control the Iowa Department of Education.

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.

Candidate Interview: Ken Rozenboom (Iowa Senate District 40)

State Senator Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) is running for his 2nd term representing Iowa Senate District 40 in the Iowa Senate.

1300 Activists Protest Planned Parenthood at #TruthExposed Rally

1300 pro-life activists gathered at the Iowa State Capitol grounds to listen to 19 different speakers protesting taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.

Carly Fiorina Criticizes Professional Political Class

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina during a campaign speech at a fundraiser for State Senator Ken Rozenboom attacked the professional political class.

Iowa State Legislators Share Their Goals for Session

Several Iowa State Legislators share with Caffeinated Thoughts their goals for the 2015 legislative session for the 86th Iowa General Assembly.

GOP Offers Mixed Reaction to Branstad’s Condition of the State

Republican state legislators and party officials offered a mixed reaction to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s 2015 Condition of the State address.

State Senator Ken Rozenboom Endorses Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate

(Des Moines, IA) Further evidencing the growing support and momentum behind her…

The Sinclair Report: The Iowa Senate’s Misplaced Focus

Five weeks into the 2014 Legislative session, and many topics are being…

Iowa Gov. Branstad Pushes Helping Vets in Condition of the State

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad unveiled an agenda to help veterans in his Condition of the State address that received bipartisan approval.