by Charlotte Eby - Managing Director of Government Affairs, LS2group
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Chambers have busy week of floor debate
The Iowa House and Senate passed a flurry of bills this week, working to advance legislation before a second funnel deadline will winnow the number of bills under consideration. Legislative leaders lined up their top priorities for debate this week.
Among the issues advancing included a Senate bill that funds efforts to help teachers and schools address violent student behavior in the classroom. Gun advocates flooded the Capitol on Thursday, anticipating debate on a bill that would limit cities or counties from enacting restrictive gun measures.
To remain alive, bills that have passed in one chamber will have to gain approval in a committee in the opposite chamber before a March 19 funnel deadline. The Legislature’s tentative adjournment date for the year is April 19.
Governor signs school funding equity bill to cover busing costs
Gov. Kim Reynolds this week signed a bill that will provide funding to rural schools for their transportation and busing needs. SF2164 will funnel $7.2 million to schools that spend more on annual transportation costs than the statewide average of $347 per pupil. A total of 204 Iowa schools will receive additional dollars.
“This legislation will help Iowa’s many rural school districts absorb transportation costs and put more money into the classroom,” Reynolds said. “Education is always a top priority, and we will continue to look for ways to provide every school, educator, and student with the tools for success.”
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