Overview / Major Events
Workers Compensation Reform Legislation On the Move
This week the House and Senate brought forward companion bills to provide the most comprehensive reform of the Workers Comp (WC) system in Iowa in decades. Designed to rebalance a system that has become progressively anti-employer in its application, HSB 169 and SSB 1170 both cleared subcommittee and were expected to clear full Commerce Committee votes in both Chambers by the end of this week.
Expect the House and Senate to bring the bills to their respective floors next week in an attempt to complete work by March 9 or March 10.
Why is WC Reform Needed?
What Does the WC Reform Do?
Voter ID for Elections Clears House Committee
The House State Government Committee worked late into the night on Tuesday and passed HSB 93, a measure to require voters present an official voter identification card, an Iowa driver’s license, an Iowa non-operator’s identification card, a United States Passport, or a United States military or veterans identification card in order to receive a ballot.
Recent polling by the Des Moines Register shows nearly 70% of Iowans support requiring the use of official identification in order to participate in elections.