2021 Legislative Session

Hundreds apply for parent-taught driver’s education under new law

BY: - July 26, 2021

Parent-taught driver’s education applications are skyrocketing in Iowa after a bill that expanded the option was enacted earlier this month. The Iowa Department of Transportation has seen an exponential increase in inquiries about parent-taught options and applications to begin driver’s education from home, said Driver Education Program Coordinator Steve Stonehocker. “Before the law changed, we […]

New laws include permitless carry, diversity training restrictions

BY: - July 1, 2021

New laws on guns, education, alcohol delivery and more are in effect as of Thursday. The beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, marks the end of a banner year for legislative Republicans: When the session ended in May, Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver said that Republicans had achieved “most, if not all” of their […]

House Democrats: We need to show Iowans that GOP lawmakers are extremists

BY: - June 8, 2021

Top Democrats in the Iowa House of Representatives said Tuesday they were disappointed in the 2021 legislative session and that their job in the months ahead is to show Iowans that Republican lawmakers are extremists who don’t deserve their support. “We really did nothing to help Iowans deal with COVID,” said House Minority Leader Todd […]

Education legislation changes outlook of school districts

BY: - June 7, 2021

As summer begins for Iowa’s various school districts, administrators are taking a collective breath after a difficult school year filled with many legislative and safety changes.  In the 2021 Iowa Legislative session, there were nearly 300 House and Senate bills introduced that focused on education, according to the Iowa Department of Education. In 2020, there […]

Legislative Republicans are working on a massive tax deal. Here’s where they disagree.

BY: - May 14, 2021

Lengthy tax proposals are advancing in both the House and the Senate, each with intractable differences, as the Legislature trudges through its second week of overtime. On many issues, the two chambers agree: accelerating income tax cuts, expanding eligibility for  child care tax credits, mandating telehealth parity and more. It’s a few big-ticket items, like […]