On Friday, March 8, the Legislature hit the second 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).

Democrats: Everyday Iowans Come First

Bringing Better Jobs to Your Community
• Opening new doors by expanding job training & apprenticeships
• Restoring & protecting the rights of Iowa workers
• Ensuring all Iowans can retire in dignity
• Promoting renewable Iowa energy jobs and lower utility bills
• Creating good jobs by investing in infrastructure improvements

Affordable & Accessible Health Care
• Protecting Iowans with pre-existing conditions
• Ensuring access to quality, affordable health care, including mental health care
• Making family planning services available to Iowans statewide
• Protecting seniors from financial exploitation, neglect and abuse

Best Education in the Country
• Investing in public schools to reduce class size and produce a highly-skilled workforce
• Giving every Iowa child access to quality preschool
• Empowering and respecting educators
• Ensuring every Iowan can afford to attend a community college, private college, or state university
• Protecting rural schools from forced consolidation

Revitalize Small Towns & Rural Areas
• Expanding job creation efforts in all 99 counties
• Improving water quality and protecting Iowa’s environment
• Expanding access to high-speed internet in rural areas & small towns
• Making sure all Iowans have access to safe, affordable housing
• Increasing cultural and recreational opportunities

Reynolds & GOP: Special Interests Come First

• Another record low state investment in public schools (HF 306)
• Politicizing judicial branch by allowing GOP to appoint judges (SF 237/HF 503)
• Eliminating background checks before buying guns (SJR 18)
• Allowing discrimination by student groups at colleges (SF 274)
• Allowing landlords to raise fees on renters (SF 463/HF 638)
• Repealing the state inheritance tax (SF 307/HF 438)
• Sunshine tax, ending solar energy industry in Iowa (SF 583/HF 669)
• Raise tuition at community colleges, state universities (HF 758)
• Prohibiting state dollars from acquiring public land for parks, bike trails, hunting, fishing, or other recreation (SF 548)
• Vouchers that shift tax money from public schools to limited private school students (SF 547)
• GOP voter suppression (HF 692)

Bi-Partisan Bills Moving Ahead

• Equalizing transportation funding for schools (HF 307)
• Expanding medical cannabidiol program (HF 732)
• Requiring licensed professionals to help students modify/refinance student loans (HF 321/SF 272)
• Preventing Iowans from losing professional license if behind on student loan repayments (SF 304)
• Expanding access to birth control for women (SF 513/HF 727)
• Protecting animals from abuse (HF 737)
• Allowing industrial hemp production for Iowa farmers (SF 599/HF 754)
• Improving school infrastructure — SAVE (HF 546)
• Creating a children’s mental health system (SF 479/HF 690)
• Making it easier to get treatment for substance abuse disorders (HF 623/SF 565)
• Protecting animals and cracking down on puppy mills (HF 738)
• Dispensing insulin in emergency situations (SF 530/HF 700)
• Radon testing and mitigation in Iowa schools (HF 755)

Good News: These GOP Bills Are Dead

• Constitutional amendment banning abortion in all cases, including rape & incest (SJR 21)
• Prohibit tenure at state universities & community colleges (SF 27)
• Eliminating Iowa Dept. of Education & IPTV (SF 28/HF 348)
• Allowing concealed weapons in places of worship (HF 51)
• Banning abortion before most women know they are pregnant (SF 259)
• Expand charter schools & weaken requirements (HF 160/HSB 213)
• Eliminating permits to carry concealed guns, allows guns in schools (HF 118/HF 385)
• Loosening requirements on immunizations (SF 238/SF 239/HF 448)
• Legalizing the date rape drug and other hallucinogenic drugs like LSD (HF 248)
• Requiring Iowa kids to read a Russian book before graduating from high school (HF 194)
• Prohibiting fluoride in drinking water (HF 187)
• State monument for abortion victims (HF 153)
• Eliminating education funding for Planned Parenthood (HF 257)
• Punishing insurance companies who raise rates or refuse to provide coverage in schools that allow guns on property (HF 69)
• Religious exemptions, license to discriminate (SF 508/HF 258)
• Ensuring more voter suppression (SF 575)
• Reinstating the death penalty (SF 588)
• New work requirements for Medicaid recipients (SF 538)
• Personhood bill (SF 523)
• Removed health screenings for kids in school (SF 438)
• Allowing concealed weapons in schools, gun free zones, courthouses, and public/private workplaces (HF 636)