DES MOINES — Majority Republicans return Monday to the Statehouse ready to deliver “chapter two” of a conservative agenda that Senate leader Bill Dix said would “change Iowa for the best” by creating an environment with tax cuts and other enticements for more investment and growth.
The first year of the 87th Iowa General Assembly saw the GOP enact significant changes in workplace rules, possession of firearms and fireworks, election laws, abortion restrictions and public safety. Dix, a Shell Rock Republican, assured his backers “we are not done” as the new session convenes.
“We need to keep the momentum going in 2018,” said House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, as Republicans, who hold majorities of 58-41 in the Iowa House and 29-20-1 in the Iowa Senate, continue to push “common-sense conservative legislation” during a two-year run that began when they took control of the Statehouse in the 2016 election. “What a difference one election can make,” she noted.
Iowans saw a change in command at the top of state government during the interim when former Gov. Terry Branstad stepped down in May to become President Donald Trump’s ambassador to China and his lieutenant, Kim Reynolds, was sworn as Iowa’s first female governor.