by Charlotte Eby - Managing Director of Government Affairs, LS2group
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First funnel deadline passes
Scores of policy bills pending in the Legislature cleared their first major hurdle this week to remain alive for the rest of the legislative session. Lawmakers scrambled to gain committee passage by Thursday for bills they have prioritized for the year. They included changes to the state’s medical cannabis program. Changes in the state’s sustainable can and bottle deposit law were expected to clear the funnel later Thursday.
Some of the session’s most-watched issues, including proposed tax reform legislation and spending bills will be considered later in the session. Tax and spending bills are not subject to the legislative funnel deadlines.
The next funnel deadline is set for March 20, when bills must gain committee passage in the opposite chamber.
Lawmakers take another swing at medical cannabis
Fixes to Iowa’s medical cannabis program cleared a legislative deadline this week. Legislators passed a bill on the last day of the 2019 legislative session that would have substantially expanded the program, but it met Gov. Kim Reynolds’ veto pen. Reynolds said the issue needed further study, and lawmakers have tried to address those concerns this year.
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