Senate Republicans vote to shut out Iowans

Jan. 15, 2019

A Statement by Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen 

“For years, many Iowans wondered if legislative Republicans had stopped listening to their concerns.

“The action today by Senate Republicans demonstrates that they don’t want to listen to Iowans anymore.

“Every Republican Senator on the Human Resources Committee voted today to:

  • Eliminate the requirement that all subcommittees be open to the public.
  • Eliminate the requirement that the time and place of subcommittee meetings be posted 24 hours in advance.

“Democratic members of the Committee voted against the changes.

“Republican leaders have signaled that similar changes are planned for most other Senate committees.

“These changes are a shameful, deliberate attempt by Senate Republicans to cut more back-room deals and to keep taxpayers in the dark about what they are doing.”

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