After weeks of hearings, Senate democrats are out with their own bill to end confidential settlements with state workers.
Since 2011 the Branstad administration has agreed to 24-confidential settlements. At least one involved additional money in order to keep the agreement confidential.
In response, the Senate introduced and approved the 2014 Accountability Act on Friday.
The bill bans confidential settlements across all three branches of government.
The measure still needs approval in the House.
Governor Branstad has seen his poll numbers slide in the wake of the confidential settlements.
A Republican insider says his campaign remains strong but that Branstad needs to work on leading the state.
“The issue is the governance. The question here is whether or not he has the appropriate control and management of the state government. That’s the issue here. That bleeds into impacting the election. It’s not a campaign question is a governance question,” Doug Gross said on IPTV’s Iowa Press. “I think he can improve his governance of the state and I think he needs to.”
The latest Public Policy Poll had Governor Branstad just five points ahead of challenger and Democratic State Senator Jack Hatch.