This Monday, legislators in Des Moines were sworn in, marking the beginning of the 88th General Assembly of the Iowa House of Representatives.
The week was full of pomp and circumstance, with speeches addressed to joint sessions of the Iowa Legislature by Governor Kim Reynolds, Chief Justice Mark Cady, and Major General Tim Orr.
During her speech, the governor rolled out her plan for the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. The RIIF budget will allow for the construction of the much-needed Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University, and the allocation from RIIF will also allow for the renovation of the Industrial Technology Center at the University of Northern Iowa.
Chief Justice Cady focused his speech on the future of the Iowa courts, and bringing the state judicial system into the modern age by using technology to make the courts more accessible to everyone.
Major General Orr spoke to the Legislature about the importance of proper preparation and developing professional skills among the ranks of the Iowa National Guard.
This Thursday, the governor signed a proclamation declaring January as “Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness Month.” Former Senator Maggie Tinsman from Davenport was here to participate in the signing as a continuation of her advocacy for this important issue.
As we move further in the 2019 legislative session, I look forward working with all of the sectors of Iowa government so that I can continue to serve the interests of House District 97.
Norlin Mommsen, of DeWitt, serves in the Iowa House of Representatives.