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I have received many messages over the past few weeks from constituents with questions and comments regarding the re-opening of Iowa. While some have anxiety about the decisions, many are looking forward to resuming activities and business that they have been missing over the past two months. As I have been out and about throughout Senate District 49, which encompasses all of Clinton County and the northern part of Scott County, I have noticed that most people are abiding by the guidance of the Department of Public Safety and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and following the requests of local business owners who are working hard to ensure a safe experience for all of their customers. more
Additional reopenings throughout the state will start this week and next week after a new proclamation from Gov. Reynolds. Starting May 22, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums and museums were allowed to reopen again, as long as they can accommodate reasonable public health measures. Pools will only be allowed to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons. more
This coronavirus pandemic is far from over, even as we slowly start to reclaim parts of our former lives. We are more than ready to forget about some experiences: shaggy hair, face masks, empty store shelves, seeing loved ones only through a video screen. We’re tired of the inconveniences, the disappointments. We’re sad for those who have encountered true hardships: layoffs, illness or the unthinkable loss of a loved one. more
The Iowa Legislature also is scheduled to resume session on June 3. Similar to other openings across the state, this session will be done with additional precautions to keep legislators, staff, and the public safe. Social distancing in the building is recommended and face masks will be available to those who want one. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up, and while the building will be opened back up to the public, tour groups will be prohibited. Like many across the state, we are eager to get back to work and are doing whatever we can to ensure the safety of everyone in the building while finishing the work we were elected to do. more
About two months ago, the Iowa Legislature suspended its session as a precaution to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Prior to doing so, lawmakers passed a bipartisan plan that stabilized the state budget, ensured the continuation of essential government services, and provided Gov. Reynolds with additional tools to manage the disease outbreak. more
As the focus has shifted to reopening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Kim Reynolds and her administration have placed an ever-growing share of responsibility on Iowans to make their own decisions about their safety. more
Almost two months ago, the governor issued the first emergency proclamation limiting social gatherings and closing facilities such as restaurants, gyms and casinos. Schools were closed for the remainder of the school year, and workplaces were encouraged to have their employees work from home when possible. The point of these measures was to limit the number of places people could congregate close together in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our state. In slowing the spread of the virus, the health care system would not be overwhelmed, and it would ensure resources would be available for those people who needed care. more
If an email, a report, or other document is composed, received, or stored on a personally owned cell phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic device while a government employee is working remotely, is that a public record under Chapter 22? more
Gov. Reynolds’ plan to reopen Iowa is smart and responsible. more
Throughout this pandemic, the governor has been working to strike a balance between protecting Iowans and keeping as much of our state working as possible. more
Iowa has not reached the peak for COVID-19 cases. An expansive, $26-million testing program recommended by a popular actor is just getting started. Outbreaks are continuing to spread in nursing homes and packing plants. And hospitals continue to raise alarms about shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. more
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