Amid ceremonial pomp and uplifting speeches, the Iowa Legislature convened its 2018 session Monday, with promises of a conservative, pro-business agenda that’s expected to include debate over a tight state budget, tax reform, water quality funding and controversies over Medicaid and mental health care.
“Our work is not done. We still have pressing issues. We face challenges, but within those challenges, as you know, are opportunities,” Gov. Kim Reynolds told fellow Republicans at a legislative breakfast in Des Moines. She praised the work of the 2017 Legislature, saying it was the “the most pro-jobs, pro-growth session in decades.”