Iowa House

Des Moines Rep. Bruce Hunter won’t seek re-election in 2022

BY: - June 30, 2021

Des Moines Democrat Bruce Hunter will not seek re-election in 2022, he announced Wednesday. “It’s been a privilege serving the public in the Iowa House, but I believe now is the time to step aside and make room for others to serve,” Hunter said in a news release. Hunter was first elected to the House […]

Rep. Jennifer Konfrst elected as Iowa House minority leader

BY: - June 14, 2021

Iowa House Democrats on Monday elected Rep. Jennifer Konfrst, D-Windsor Heights, as the new minority leader. Konfrst, a public relations professor at Drake University, her alma mater, is the first woman to lead Iowa House Democrats. She was elected to the House in 2018 and she served as an assistant to the minority leader through […]

Iowa Rep. Jennifer Konfrst seeking House minority leader position

BY: - June 3, 2021

House Democrats say Windsor Heights Rep. Jennifer Konfrst will run to replace Rep. Todd Prichard as the House minority leader. Rep. Marti Anderson and Rep. Jo Oldson, both Democrats from Des Moines, said Konfrst had called them about her plan to run for House minority leader. Prichard, D-Charles City, announced Wednesday that he would be […]

Iowa Rep. Todd Prichard steps down as House minority leader

BY: - June 2, 2021

Rep. Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, announced Wednesday he will step down as the House minority leader after three legislative sessions in the position. “After conversations with my family, it’s time for me to step aside and allow a new member of our caucus to lead,” Prichard said in a Wednesday news release. “I know my […]

GOP achieved ‘most, if not all’ policy goals for 2021 legislative session, leaders say

BY: - May 20, 2021

Iowa’s 2021 legislative session came to a close late Wednesday with the passage of a ban on local mask mandates, a final win for the Republican-controlled House, Senate and governor’s office.  Over the course of the session, lawmakers passed bills to bring students back to school and remove mask mandates, allow permitless carry of handguns, […]

Lawmakers end the 2021 legislative session with ban on masks, election changes

BY: and - May 19, 2021

Nearly three weeks into overtime and after three back-to-back nights of debate, Iowa’s 2021 legislative session is over. House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, called it “the year of freedom for Iowans” be it through tax cuts, permitless carry of firearms or the choice not to wear a mask. Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, […]

House approves abortion amendment with new language

BY: - May 18, 2021

The Iowa House voted in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make explicit that the state does not “recognize, grant, or secure a right to an abortion.”  But the House did not adopt previous changes the Senate made in the language of the amendment, leaving the measure’s fate uncertain. Republican advocates for the […]

State lawmakers pass budget bills in two-day debate marathon

BY: and - May 18, 2021

Iowa lawmakers broke through a weeks-long stalemate and approved the bulk of the state’s budget in a two-day marathon session. The Republican majority in the House and Senate voted Tuesday to give state universities no funding increase for next year. They also agreed to a $20 million increase for state prisons. Legislators will return Wednesday […]

The State Capitol of Iowa reflects the sunset

Massive tax proposal, with changes to mental health funding, passes House and Senate

BY: - May 18, 2021

Iowa lawmakers sent a sweeping tax proposal Tuesday to Gov. Kim Reynolds that will accelerate income tax cuts, eliminate the inheritance tax and fund the state’s mental health and disability services system through state appropriations. “This is an easy vote for me,” Rep. Dustin Hite, R-New Sharon, said. “I’m going to side with the Iowa […]

he State Capital of Iowa is reflected by the Henry A Wallace Building

House and Senate compromise on taxes, move late-night budget bills

BY: - May 17, 2021

The Iowa Senate passed a major tax bill Monday evening that will accelerate income tax cuts and change the way the state funds mental health services. The proposal has been under negotiation for several weeks among Republican leaders in the Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds. House leadership signed off on the proposal Monday, clearing the […]

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 […]

House passes bills addressing alcohol, sex crimes, tax evasion as first week of overtime ends

BY: - May 7, 2021

The House convened Friday afternoon to pass nearly a dozen bills, many of which have been bouncing between chambers.  “There’s not a whole lot of common sense in this building, and there’s virtually none across the rotunda,” Rep. David Maxwell, R-Gibson, said in his opening comments on an agriculture bill that had been volleyed back […]