2019 Legislative Session - Week 4

Once again, legalized sports betting is top of minds for Iowa legislators. Over the course of two two-hour hearings on eight different sports betting bills (HSB101, HSB102, HSB103, HSB124 SSB1080, SSB1081, SSB1079, and SSB1100), House and Senate lawmakers heard pitches from the Iowa Lottery, casinos, and sports leagues about who should regulate,... Read More

2019 Legislative Session - Week 3

Despite the blast of arctic air hitting Iowa Wednesday, lawmakers didn’t miss a day of work this week. So far, legislators have filed roughly 560 bills. On average, at least 2,000 bills are introduced each session. As expected, the main order of business on Monday was the House debate on whether to seat Rep. Michael Bergan (R-Dorchester). He won... Read More

2019 Legislative Session - Week 2

Despite having less time due to the MLK Day holiday, lawmakers significantly picked up their pace for the second week of the 2019 legislative session. With each chamber filing more than 100 bills between Tuesday and Friday, there are now at least 350 measures up for consideration. Meanwhile, Rep. Michael Bergan (R-Dorchester) is one step closer to... Read More

2019 Legislative Session - Week 1

Monday, January 14th marked the first day of the 2019 legislative session as thirty-one new lawmakers were sworn-in to office. Republicans maintained their “trifecta” with Governor Reynolds’ November victory and their retained majorities in the Iowa Senate and House. The Senate Republicans increased their caucus by three seats as they now have 32... Read More