Not everyone can make it to the Statehouse to watch their representatives duke it out on the house or senate floor and appointments this time of year can be difficult to come by.
At Waukee City Hall Saturday, business leaders and concerned citizens gathered to ask questions about the issues most important to them.
Republican Senator Charles Schneider and Republican Representative Rob Taylor were on hand to provide answers.
“I think it does a great job of connecting our elected officials with our community,” said Taylor.
“The main purpose is to let people know what’s going in the legislature right now,” Schneider told Channel 13 News.
No topic is off limits.
Along with questions about the minimum wage, citizens asked about tele-medicine abortion and medical marijuana.
Even though the medical marijuana bill failed to make it through the first funnel, it remains a hot topic.
“I think it will have life in the future. We continue to hear from constituents getting their opinions on it,” said Schneider.
Discussion isn’t always focused on specific bills.
One woman asked why legislative sessions during election years tend to be less productive.
That’s a question you won’t hear under the gold dome but in an open forum is fair game.
“I don’t shy away from controversial issues,” said Taylor.
“I’m happy to vote on any bill on any issue, at any time. I’m happy to let people know where I stand,” Schneider said.
Schneider and Taylor are hosting another Legislative Coffee in Waukee on April 5th at 9:30 a.m.
And it’s not just Republicans.
A number of Senate Democrats are speaking at Legislative Coffee sessions throughout the session as well.
Check out the list of public forums hosted by Senate Democrats here.