Overview / Major Events
The 2019 Session of the Iowa General Assembly came to a close around 2:30 pm on Saturday, nearly a week EARLY (Session was scheduled for 110 days this year and that day doesn’t arrive until this Friday—May 3). The Governor now has 30 days to act on all the budget bills and a host of policy bills that will be delivered to her in the coming days. That said, expect her to act on the Health and Human Services budget early this week (as it includes a significant supplemental appropriation to keep the Medicaid system fully funded through the end of the current fiscal year).
Governor Reynolds weighs in on Session accomplishments
“We made historic investments into pre K-12 Education and put more money into community colleges and our public universities. We protected job creators who hire individuals with past criminal offenses and funded the Future Ready Iowa Initiative, so that Iowans can get the skills they need for cutting-edge careers. Our judicial nominating system was reformed to give Iowans a greater voice. Iowa will also have a first of its kind Children's Mental Health System. And with the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative, Iowa is one step closer to seeing growth and prosperity in every single corner of our state.
“While a lot was accomplished, we’re not finished yet. Next year, I will push again for a constitutional amendment to restore felon voting rights and work to expand access to contraception. We will also continue our focus on growing the economy as well as create opportunities to attract top talent to Iowa by sharing our story as a vibrant, affordable, and welcoming state."
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Signature Issues from the 2019 Session
Here are a few of the bigger issues from this session:
Controversial Policy that made it into final budget bills
As always, a number of significant policy issues were included in budget bills during the closing hours of the legislation session. Here are a few:
Efforts on Behalf of Community Bankers of Iowa