This week in the Senate, we voted on a couple of good bills that had bipartisan support. We passed Senate File 234, which would restrict texting and driving by making… Read more »
On Tuesday, I had the honor to introduce and received unanimous consent to pass Senate Resolution 9 to honor Tim O’Connell for being the first Iowan to become a World… Read more »
The University of Iowa decided to cut scholarships after the Republican-led legislature cut the University budget by $9.2 million in the de-appropriation bill that passed earlier this session. On Saturday,… Read more »
On Tuesday the 21st, I was part of a subcommittee on SSB 1057. This bill provides additional pathways for people to gain their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). Department of… Read more »
Since this bill was introduced, I have: Received and answered hundreds of emails from my constituents; talked with hundreds of constituents on the street and on the phone; even met last week with a group of six school superintendents. I have also read the bill and talked with my Senate colleagues about the details of the legislation. The bottom line is this: I can’t find a single reason why this bill would be good for the people of Iowa.
The Iowa Public Employment Relations Act (often called “Chapter 20” or Iowa’s collective bargaining law) was approved with bipartisan support by a Republican-controlled Legislature and signed into law by Republican… Read more »
This week, the main focus was on State Supplemental Aid for schools. The Republicans used an unusual tactic. On Monday afternoon, Senate Republicans introduced Senate File 166, which would increase… Read more »
I was disappointed when I heard the Senate Republicans are not supporting legislation to “couple” Iowa’s tax code with recent federal tax changes for 2016, the taxes Iowans must pay… Read more »