Dem leader on decision by Republicans to resume session

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen

“The landscape in Iowa has changed dramatically since the Legislature recessed on March 17. At that time, there were 29 positive cases and no COVID-related deaths. Today, we are faced with more than 13,000 confirmed cases and more than 300 COVID-related deaths.

“We hope the focus of the reconvened Legislature will be to complete a balanced state budget and provide necessary oversight of the Executive Branch’s actions during this pandemic.

“Because of the expanding health care crisis in our state, we are recommending additional steps to ensure the health and safety of Iowans when the General Assembly reconvenes, and we support additional measures to ensure transparency for all proceedings.”