NEW SESSION: Lawmakers Starting Work
The 2014 legislative session gets underway Monday and lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them.
On The Insiders Sunday morning, Democratic state senator Matt McCoy shared what he thinks lawmakers will cover this year.
“One of the things that the Iowa Senate will pass this year is minimum wage increase. We’re going to look very hard at some of the reforms we made in education last year to tweak them and make sure they’re working for both the local school districts and teachers. And then ultimately there’s some work that needs to be done on the health exchange, and so I think those are the things that we’ll be working on, and so really I see it as a continuation of what was accomplished last session and an examination of what needs to be done in the new year,” says McCoy.
House Republicans have already expressed doubt they’d raise the minimum wage.
Both parties do sense a possible agreement on expanding broadband across the state.
Also this session, Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to unveil proposals to address bullying and support for veterans.