The outcry against SF213 was unprecedented in my time in the Legislature: a rally and public meeting were attended by thousands (the vast majority opposed to the bill); thousands of emails were in opposition, with only 20 or so in favor; and 61 amendments were filed by Democrats in an effort to improve it.
I have heard from many constituents who are concerned about the major changes that Iowa is facing due to some significant pieces of legislation that are in the pipeline. This… Read more »
Major bills dominated the debate calendar this week in the Iowa Senate. SF 166 increases basic state funding for local schools by only 1.11 percent for the 2017-18 school year…. Read more »
The first votes for the 2017 session were cast on Thursday of last week. The Budget Adjustment Bill, SF130, was passed by the Senate in a partisan manner, as a means… Read more »
Riverdale Heights Elementary in Bettendorf has been honored by the State Board of Education for raising achievement among students who traditionally face challenges in the classroom. The school was recognized… Read more »
My fellow senators and I received a letter from Dr. Arthur Tate, Davenport Schools Superintendent. He has received statewide attention by bringing the Iowa school finance formula to the forefront…. Read more »
The 2017 legislative session got under way January 9. I am eager to get to work on an economy that helps all Iowans. Many of our friends and neighbors work… Read more »
In his annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Mark Cady laid out the importance of investing in our courts and why it matters for families, public safety and… Read more »