WEEK 1: 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
State
FAST FACTS:
  • Iowa has 32 new legislators this year (22 Representatives, 10 Senators- including Sen. Annette Sweeney who joined the Senate last year after a special election)
  • 20% of the Senate is new, 22% of the House is new
  • MORE than 50% of the new Senators are female
  • MORE than 45% of the new Representatives are female

Thank you to our members at Davis Brown Law Firm for this summary of new legislators HERE .


WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK?
Click on blue hyperlinks below for full speeches.
KEY POINTS
  • Revitalizing rural communities: Broadband & Housing
  • Strengthening schools & workforce: Registered Apprenticeships
  • Addressing healthcare needs: Medicaid & Mental Health
  • Voting Rights: Back to Felons (after they've served their time)

Picture below: IA legislators listening to Gov. Reynolds' Condition of the State on Tuesday.
  • "Online dispute resolution has started in a few states with promising early results. The state of Utah established an online dispute resolution pilot project for small claims cases that substantially reduced the steps needed to resolve a case... We want to do the same for the 75,000 Iowans who use our small claims courts each year.” 

  • "Recruiting and retaining quality individuals is our highest priority, in doing so we must broaden the appeal of military service to include people from across the fabric of our society... With only three of ten 17 to 24-year-olds eligible for military service, there's concern among military and civilian leaders alike about the readiness of our military forces to defend this nation in the years to come."

Friday: Gov. Reynolds & Lt. Gov. Gregg Inauguration events
  • Sec. of Ag, Mike Naig also takes an oath of office

Find your state legislators HERE .

Picture below: Lt. Gov. Gregg speaking at the swearing-in ceremony this morning.
Federal
1) SHUTDOWN
  • Federal employees guaranteed back pay, after shutdown, details HERE.

2) Rep. King Rebuke

3) Rep. Cindy Axne put on House Ag Committee in Rep. King's place
Want to reach your federal legislators?
D.C. office numbers below: 
Sen. Chuck Grassley: 202-224-4120
Sen. Joni Ernst: 202-224-3254
Rep. Abby Finkenauer: 202-225-2911
Rep. Dave Loebsack: 202-225-6576
Rep. Cindy Ax ne: 202-225-5476
Rep. Steve King: 202-225-4426
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Director of Government Affairs
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