Iowa legislators will hold a public forum regarding this year’s legislative session inside the Ames City Hall Chambers on Saturday morning.
The event, hosted by the Ames & Story County League of Women Voters, is scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m.
Invited to attend, but not yet confirmed are: Sens. Jerry Behn, R-Boone, , Annette Sweeney, R-Buckeye, and Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, and Reps. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, Ross Wilburn, D-Ames, Dave Deyoe, R-Nevada, and and Rob Bacon, R-Slater.
Wilburn, Wessel-Kroeschell, Deyoe and Bacon face re-election this November; while Behn has announced he will retire at the end of his current term, which expires at the end of this year.
This year’s legislative session has been dominated by a sweep of bills that centered on abortion and protective status for Iowa’s LGTBQ+ community.
A legislative funnel two weeks ago claimed bills that would have mandated that women are required to wait three days to receive an abortion, higher speed limits on state highways, and enhanced religious freedom protections for businesses.
What has passed, however, are bills that require work, job training or volunteering for able-bodied Iowans receiving Medicaid or food assistance, make daylight saving time permanent and banning hand-held electronic devices while driving.
The next funnel date is scheduled for March 20, with the Legislature scheduled to adjourn on April 21.