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In the fifth week of the legislative session, a new Republican senator was sworn in after a special election was held to fill the vacancy left by U. S. Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks. Senator Adrian Dickey is from Packwood and will represent Senate District 41, which includes parts of Jefferson and Wapello counties and all of Davis and Van Buren counties. He is a volunteer firefighter and businessman that runs Dickey Transport, a family business that his grandfather started in 1959. more
This week in the Iowa House we voted to advance multiple pieces of legislation that aim to address Iowa’s current child care crisis. The recent pandemic has exposed the importance of accessible affordable quality child care here in Iowa. Access to affordable child care is an issue many of us heard about repeatedly on the campaign trail. and now we are taking action. more
Gov. Kim Reynolds said last week that Iowa was 47th in the nation on supplies of COVID-19 vaccine received from the federal government and 46th on distribution of the drug. more
Editor's note: This commentary by Kerry Beyer Lust of Ankeny brings a personal dimension to the matter of public funding for private schools – a subject which affects all Iowans, which is currently under debate in the Iowa Legislature and the subject of an editorial in last week's NSP. The NSP agrees with the position of the IASB, of which North Scott is a member, against the bill favoring charter schools. more
We have experienced three great attacks in the past two centuries: the first was the Great Depression, which began in 1929 and only began to diminish in 1935. But American democracy was able to recover, thanks to the leadership of President Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat) and the courage, patience, judgment and loyalty of our citizens. more
This was the fourth week of the legislative session. We continued our work on many important issues in subcommittee and committees, and also had some more floor debate. more
This week I was given some information and updates pertaining to COVID-19 and I wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you as well. more
Should the Republican Party of Iowa be prohibited from discrimination against Democrats in its hiring practices? Should the NRA’s local chapter be forced to hire a gun-control advocate who otherwise qualifies for the job? Should presidential candidates running in the Iowa caucuses run afoul of the law if they insist on hiring only staff who support their political philosophy? more
During the third week of session, we continued with subcommittee and committee work, and we had our first floor debates in the Senate. Going into this session, we knew that education was going to be a top priority after the challenges of the past year, so we took several steps to improving education in our state: more
Last week we dealt with two constitutional amendments. The life amendment and the Second Amendment which deals with the right to bear arms. more
Most elementary-school students are taught that the American system of government has three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. These branches are co-equal, and each serves as a check and balance to the others’ power. more
This second week of the 89th legislative session was shorter due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, but it was productive and busy with over 30 subcommittee meetings as we started running bills through the legislative process. more
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