Next week we will enter the sixth week of session which means it’s “funnel week.” This means that bills that are not through committee at the end of next week are considered potentially dead for the session.
Legislators will be busy having subcommittees for bills that they have been assigned to act as floor manager, or advocating for issues that are of interest to them and their constituents. The building will be full of activity as people work to keep the issues they care about alive in bills. The conclusion of funnel week will lead to following weeks consisting of much debate on the house floor.
On Wednesday of this week, about 30 people from the Quad-City area were here with the Quad-City Chamber of Commerce. While here, they discussed their legislative policy and advocacy priorities concerning various tax credits, school funding, and transportation funding. Along with meeting legislators at the capitol, a legislative reception was held that evening to further promote the Quad-City area. They did a great job.
This week we were visited by Tami Leavens and Greg Fier who were here with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. While here they had the opportunity to personally meet with Speaker Upmeyer and to advocate and explain the specific problems and needs of the MS community. One of the main issues they brought up was the needed funding for retrofitting homes so that people with this condition will be able to stay in their homes, which in the long run will save the state money.
If you have interest in any particular bill or would like to know where it is in the process, please contact me and I will do my best to try and keep you up to date. You can also follow bills on the legislative website once you know the bill number www.legis.iowa.gov.
Iowa Rep. Norlin Mommsen is a state representative in the Iowa House of Representatives. His district covers Clinton County.