2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 17 Summary

Week 17 at the Capitol slowed to a crawl.  The Senate debated on Monday and moved several bills to the Governor and a couple back to the House.  The debated bills included a proposal from the Governor’s Child Care Task Force Recommendations - HF 2127.  This bill would allow child care providers to collect the rate difference between families who... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 16 Summary

Week sixteen officially started overtime for the 2022 legislative session.  Out of curiosity you may be wondering if the session has gone into overtime in the past…the answer is, more often than not, YES.  The first legislative session was held by the Iowa Territory Legislative Assembly in 1838.  The Iowa General Assembly began holding legislative... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 15 Summary

The 100th day has passed with two days of debate in the Senate and zero activity in the House this week.  At this point the only real deadline is July 1st - the date of the new fiscal year and the date which the budget bills take effect.  Several legislators have primary contests and are chomping at the bit to get out there and door knock.  The... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 14 Summary

The days leading to Easter weekend are usually slow as legislators like to participate in activities back in their districts.  It is safe to say that the legislature won’t adjourn next Tuesday April 19th on the 100th day.  At this point, it may just be safer to say, “no end in sight.”  In what could have been a major shake-up in Iowa’s U.S. Senate... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 13 Summary

In what we hope is the calm before the storm, week #13 was fairly uneventful as negotiations continued between the House and the Senate.  The House passed two appropriations bills in a late night debate on Tuesday.  Those two appropriations bills, the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund and Health and Human Services budget, are usually the last bills... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 12 Summary

The end of the 2022 legislative session is getting ever closer as we approach the 100th day of session.  Tuesday, April 19th is the target adjournment date, but that is not a hard and fast end date.  Lawmakers’ per diem payments end on that date so it is a built-in incentive to conclude legislative work in a timely manner - the final “funnel” of... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 11 Summary

The Senate had a short week of debate with no activity Monday or Thursday. On Tuesday, the chamber did pass eleven bills off the floor. They also passed ten bills Wednesday with eight passing unanimously. Across the rotunda, House lawmakers debated eleven bills on Tuesday, four bills on Wednesday, and thirteen bills on Thursday. This included the... Read More

Government Relations Update - 03-21-2022

Friday, March 18th marked the filing deadline for state and legislative offices. November’s ballot will include races for U.S. Senate, all four U.S. House of Representative Districts, Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Secretary of Agriculture, and Attorney General. Candidates for the June 7, 2022 primary election are... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 10 Summary

The second funnel deadline has come and gone. Bills that didn’t pass all the way through the first Chamber and the Committee in the other Chamber are DEAD for the session. Although, some bills come back as amendments to other bills - so we have to remain vigilant.  Bills that have been referred to Ways and Means and Appropriations are not subject... Read More

2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 9 Summary

Vowing to keep Iowa a state “where you can live your life freely” Governor Reynolds announced her reelection campaign on Wednesday at the State Fairgrounds.  Reynolds is Iowa’s first female governor, assuming the role in 2017 and winning her first election in 2018.  Reynolds’ only announced Democratic opponent is Deidre De Jear.  Recent polling... Read More