Iowa lawmakers convene amid calls for ‘pro-growth agenda’

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January 14th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature convened the 2019 session today (Monday), with Republicans continuing to hold a majority of seats in the House and Senate. Leaders say property tax reform, privatized Medicaid funding, the method of choosing judges, and training more people for today’s workforce are among issues they’ll consider. The session may be defined by how willing Republican leaders are to push policies strongly supported by their conservative base.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver says GOP lawmakers would pursue a “pro-growth agenda” for businesses, schools and communities. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds will release her priorities in a Condition of the State address on Tuesday. Further limits on abortion and expansion of gun rights also are likely issues, along with required budget bills.