2021 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 16 Summary

The 2021 Iowa legislative session has officially gone into overtime as lawmakers continue crafting next year’s budget. Bills covering 10 major areas of spending, including Education and Health and Human Services, are eligible for floor debate in at least one chamber. The Senate unanimously passed its Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals... Read More

2021 Iowa Legislative Session - Week Two Summary

With the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, this was a short week for lawmakers. On Wednesday, Senate Education Committee Chair Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton) introduced two of the governor’s priority education bills. SSB 1064 would require all public and private schools to offer 100% in-person instruction for students. Schools would also be... Read More

2021 Iowa Legislative Session - Week One Summary

  The legislature convened for the 89th General Assembly Monday, welcoming 26 newly-elected lawmakers to the statehouse. With Republicans maintaining their majority in the Senate and expanding it in the House, the GOP will continue driving the state’s policy agenda for the next two years. In his opening remarks, House Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New... Read More

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Changes You Should Know

  A decision out of New York prompted the Department of Labor (DOL) to issue a revised rule on the FFCRA which is scheduled to take effect 9/16/2020. The revisions cover five main areas: The Department reaffirms that paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave may be taken only if the employee has work from which to take leave and... Read More

Department of Homeland Security Issues Guidance on Exemptions to Travel Bans

  The Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance on exemptions to travel bans, specifically detailing exemptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052, which together suspend the entry of certain immigrant visa applicants, and foreign nationals who present a risk to the U.S. economic recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19, until... Read More

Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

  In an effort to reduce the number of evictions and foreclosures in the State of Iowa due to the pandemic, Governor Reynolds created the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. This program provides rental assistance or mortgage assistance for up to four months for a household who has had a reduction in income due to the pandemic.... Read More

A Second Wave of Stimulus Relief Proposed by Congress

  Congress is negotiating a new $1 trillion economic stimulus package to help millions of Americans and businesses keep afloat during the continued COVID-19 crisis. Among a host of other benefits, Congress has unveiled the following proposed benefits to help businesses hit hardest by the pandemic: A second round of Paycheck Protection Program... Read More

SBA Reopens Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19

  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) to eligible small businesses and non-profits in all U.S. states and territories. This program provides loans at low interest rates and other forms of assistance to eligible organizations navigating the economic impact of COVID. EIDL loans... Read More