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Schools: On April 2, Gov. Reynolds recommended that Iowa schools remain closed until at least April 30. The Legislature gave the governor the authority to waive additional missed school days. She can do this on a statewide or district-by-district basis. more
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement March 27 after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which is the third piece of legislation to combat the COVID-19 illness. The bipartisan legislation now heads to the President who signed the bill into law. more
When the legislature took a 30-day pause, we granted Gov. Kim Reynolds temporary powers to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and ease the disruptions it has caused in daily life. Since then, Gov. Reynolds has used feedback gathered from the Center for Disease Control and state departments (the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Workforce Development to name a few), citizens, schools, organizations and businesses to make data-driven decisions to help Iowans across the state get through these difficult times. more
The news that the State Capitol was closing to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak was just one in a stream of emails from government agencies over the past two weeks announcing they would be conducting the people’s business while temporarily ending the people’s access to public offices. more
What would you do if you received a positive diagnosis of coronavirus? more
Monday night and early Tuesday morning (March 16-17), the Iowa Legislature passed a series of resolutions to pause the legislative session for 30 days while the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19. more
Out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19, leadership in the Iowa House and Senate have made the decision to suspend the legislative session for a minimum of 30 days. The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Public Health and the Governor’s office following the announcement of “community spread” in Iowa. The Legislature is following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control related to mass gatherings to protect vulnerable populations. more
Do you remember thriving downtowns, even in rural areas, with cafes, diners, restaurants and maybe even lunch wagons; hardware, clothes, book and department stores (some with lunch counters); TV-, car- and shoe-repair shacks; smoke, pet, barber, beauty, music and antique shops? more
By now COVID-19 has impacted hundreds (if not thousands) of small businesses in our community. People are postponing travel plans, they are not spending their dollars on local restaurants or retail – and are canceling events left and right. This is wreaking havoc on small businesses. more
In the ninth week of the legislative session, we continued our work debating bills and sending them to the House of Representatives. Here are a few bills that passed through the Senate this week: more
This week we passed a number of bills based on ideas from constituents and issues that came up over the summer and fall. On Sept. 11, 2019, a few county courthouses were broken into in central Iowa. more
The high cost of childcare is often a major problem for many families struggling to get by. Oftentimes, one parent is forced to stay at home and take care of children, not by choice but due to the unaffordable costs of day care. This forces many Iowans out of the workforce at a time when businesses are struggling to find more employees. more
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