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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
This week in the House, bills began to move through the legislative process. Here is the process that bills go through to become law: more
The Iowa Department of Public Health has created a timeline (https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus/Vaccine/Information-for-the-Public) to help Iowans see when they can get vaccinated for COVID-19. more
Iowa Republican legislative leaders told reporters less than two weeks ago they were going to do all they could to preserve public access to the Iowa Capitol while keeping lawmakers, staff and the public as safe as possible from COVID-19. They are failing on both counts. more
America is traumatized by a singular event -- the assault on the Capitol incited by the highest governance official in our country. Compared to earlier impeachment initiatives related to a break-in of a Watergate office, Clinton ethics, or confusing Ukrainian policy entanglements, the authoritarian issues surrounding the seditious storming of the nation’s august Capitol are vastly more serious.  more
Many Iowans are counting down the final days of 2020 anticipating the hopes and dreams that a new year could bring. This optimistic outlook is certainly welcome after a year that included the challenges of living through a pandemic and the destruction caused when a derecho essentially brought a hurricane to the heartland. more
Monday, Jan. 11th we began our work at the Iowa State Capitol for the 89th General Assembly. With a new session, I have new responsibilities and it is my honor to serve as Assistant Majority Leader, chair of the Education Budget, Vice Chair of State Government as well as on the Natural Resources and Environment, Education, and Appropriations committees. more
This week marked the beginning of the 89th General Assembly of the Iowa House. With a new GA comes a fresh start; there are new members, new seats and a whole lot of new ideas to be scrutinized through the legislative process. As many workplaces currently do, the Capitol looks a little different this year. For the time being, clerks have been moved off of the House floor in order to social distance. Committee meetings have also been moved to larger meeting spaces and are also being streamed via the legislative website (legis.iowa.gov). more
Starting off 2021 with a bang! more
I am sure all of you are like me and glad to see the New Year is finally here. We all have high hopes that 2021 will be a much better year. It is easy to look back at 2020 and focus on the challenges that we had, but I would like to remind all of us of the successes we had in 2020. more
Knowing Iowa’s 88th general assembly (2019-2020) ended as a mind-boggling head-spinner, hope springs eternal when the 89th general assembly (2021-2022) convenes on Jan. 11. more
A cord of red oak firewood, fresh cut and green, can weigh over 5,000 pounds. That’s estimating moisture content at 40-45 percent. Give it six months to a year to dry under a roof and it will be almost 1,400 pounds lighter. more
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