Iowa State legislative session set to start soon

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 11:15 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - A new year means a new state legislative session in about 10 days, but legislators will still deal with the biggest problem in 2020: Covid-19.

State Senate Democrats want to pass another relief bill in addition to the one from the federal government. But their priorities are unlikely to become law without Republican support. Republicans have a majority in both legislative chambers and gained on their majorities this November.

Republicans will control around 59 seats in the house when the legislature reconvenes in January. Republicans held a 53 to 47 seat advantage in the Iowa House, prior to November. Republicans will control the Iowa Senate by a 31-18 margin after Mariannette Miller-Meeks resigned from the State Senate to represent Iowa in the second congressional district.

State Senator Jack Witver (R-Ankeny), who is the majority leader, said the gains the GOP made in the legislature is evidence voters approve of the party’s handling of state government and Covid-19.

He said the state senate will look at potential tax cuts again in 2021.

“We’re going to continue to work on tax relief,” Witver said. “We have a tax environment we’ve made progress on, but we’re not where we need to be yet.”

Governor Kim Reynolds, who is also a Republican, created an economic recovery advisory board to help create her legislative agenda.

The board, which our KCRG-TV9 i9 Investigative Unit learned features major donors to her campaign, gave a list of recommendations moving forward.

Those recommendations you can find here.

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