The ninth week of this year's legislative session has been the most productive so far. In the Senate, we passed a number of non-controversial bills, many of which garnered unanimous support.
With last week being funnel week, much of the committee work has ended, and we are now beginning floor action on those bills that passed out of committee. We have taken more votes in the last four days than in the previous eight weeks. I'm happy to say we are getting down to the people's business; there remains a great deal of work to do.
I managed my first bill on the Senate floor this week. As I've mentioned in past newsletters, SF 418 (formerly SSB 1098) deals with reportable repairs to a new vehicle. Having run the bill through both subcommittee and standing committee I was well prepared for Wednesday's debate. The bill passed unanimously, but I can assure you that will not always be the case.
Governor Branstad signed HF 45, the Taxpayer's First Act, into law this week. While the bill does contain numerous reductions in the cost of state government, many of the substantial savings were removed in the Senate version. Still, HF 45 is a good first step in reducing the size and scope of state government, and I applaud the Governor's decision to sign it.
I want to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve as your senator. Feel free to contact me with questions, comments and ideas. You may reach me at 712-898-2505 or send an email to email@example.com. Please forward my newsletter on to your family and friends. If you would like to be added to my email list send me your contact information. Until next time, have a great week!
Saturday, March 12
· Larrabee Town Hall, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Fire station, 106 N. Main
· Cherokee Town Hall, 11 a.m. to noon, Western Iowa Tech, 200 Victory Dr.
· Quimby Town Hall, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, 101 E. 2nd