On Friday, March 3rd, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel”. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Senate Committee is dead for the year. Click to see the full list of bills that are eligible for debate in the House and Senate (sorted by committee).

The funnel also signifies that the legislative session has reached it’s mid-point. Unfortunately, Republicans are passing the priorities of the special interests instead of actually listening to Iowans.

o   Instead of raising wages for hard-working families in Iowa, Republicans are lowering wages for 65,000 Iowans.

o   Instead of making sure every kid gets a great education, they shortchanged public schools again this year with the third lowest increase in Iowa history and even blamed teachers for the state’s budget problems.

o   Instead of keeping health care affordable, Republicans want to cut a woman’s access to health care for cancer screenings, STD test, and birth control.  They’re also working on a bill that would ban abortion in cases of rape, incest, or even health of the mother.

o   Instead of keeping higher education and job training affordable to build our skilled workforce, Republicans raised tuition at community colleges and cut scholarships for Iowa students.

o   Instead of working together with dedicated public servants like firefighters, police officers, and teachers, Republicans took away their rights and their voice in the workplace.