“The Clinton (water) bill was a good one to get down the road,” Hart said.
A second bill that legislators were happy to see make it through to Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk is a human trafficking bill that Hart has been a strong proponent of since its inception.
She added that while it has made it through, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done with the education portion of that bill.
As enthused as city officials and residents who attended the coffee session were about the bills that have passed, they were more concerned with the ones that have not bolstered much activity, the largest being the gas tax.
“This is arguably a failure in leadership on the governor’s part,” said Wolfe in response to questions about the gas tax’s status. “I don’t think there’s any question that this is something that needs to be done. It’s just one of those things, I don’t want to make this about politics but this has been going on for the past four years and it’s just a big problem.”
That uncertainty has made legislators face difficulties throughout the legislative session but gives them the fuel they need to continue fighting for the things they believe will benefit the community.
“This has been a tough session,” Wolfe said. “I haven’t necessarily gotten everything done I wanted to this session but I look forward to working with you all in the next two years and over the summer.”
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