Whitver, Schneider Re-Elected to Iowa Senate Leadership Roles

Iowa Senate Republicans reelected State Senator Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) as Majority Leader and State Senator Charles Schneider (R-West Des Moines) as Senate President.

Ed Failor Leaves Iowa Senate Republican Staff

The Iowa Senate Republican Caucus announced that Ed Failor, who served as a senior aide to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock), has resigned. He worked for Iowa Senate Republicans since 2012.

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.

Iowa Senate Considers Tweaking School Year Start Time

The Iowa Senate Education Committee will consider a bill that will allow public school districts and accredited non-public schools to start their school year on the Monday following the end of the Iowa State Fair if it falls earlier than August 23.

Now is the Time to Create a Better Tax Climate

John Hendrickson: The Iowa Legislature has a unique opportunity to enact tax relief by lowering rates across-the-board and begin the process of controlling spending with the 99 percent spending limitation amendment.

Randy Feenstra Rebukes Iowa Senate Democrats for Intolerance

Randy Feenstra rebuked Iowa Senate Democrats for intolerance after they blocked Diane Clark and Hamed Tewfik’s nomination to the Iowa Board of Medicine.

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.

Feenstra Cautiously Optimistic About 87th Iowa General Assembly

State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) says the next two years are significant as the GOP controls the Iowa House, Iowa Senate and Governor’s office for first time since 1997.

Iowa Senate Republicans Select Bill Dix Majority Leader-Elect

Iowa Senate Republicans selected State Senator Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) as the incoming Majority Leader of the Iowa Senate for the 87th General Assembly.

Feenstra: Senate Democrats Criticizes Iowa Small Business Owners, Farmers

State Senator Randy Feenstra said Iowa Senate Democrats fail farmers and small business owners by not coupling with federal tax depreciation changes.

Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra Endorses Ted Cruz

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of former Scott Walker supporter, Iowa State Senator Randy Feenstra (R-Hull).

Scott Walker Announces His Campaign’s Iowa Team

Gov. Scott Walker announced the first 65 members of his presidential campaign’s Iowa leadership team which include 1/3 of the Iowa Senate Republicans.

Paulsen’s Gas Tax Hike Albatross

Speaker of the Iowa House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) has much to explain to his caucus and Iowans for actions he took to push a gas tax increase on Iowans.

Branstad on Gas Tax Hike: Timing Is Right

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said that the timing is right for a gas tax hike while legislators consider transportation infrastructure funding options.

Brad Zaun Introduces Common Core Rollback Bill in Iowa Senate

(Des Moines, IA) State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) introduced SF 2123 which…