Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Legislative Session to Resume June 3rd

Senator Whtiver
Ian Richardson, Des Moines Register

Iowa lawmakers plan to resume the legislative session June 3 after pausing for more than two months because of the spread of the coronavirus, Republican legislative leadership announced Monday.

“Suspending the legislative session was necessary to ensure Iowa’s health care infrastructure was not overwhelmed,” Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, said in a news release. “It is now time for the Senate to resume its constitutional duty to represent the people of Iowa, implement policy priorities and pass a conservative budget to fund the necessary functions of government.”

Lawmakers voted early in the morning March 17 to suspend the session as a precaution against the virus' spread. The original suspension lasted 30 days but has since been extended multiple times.

If lawmakers had not extended the suspension this week, they were set to return Friday.