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Iowa Lawmakers Begin 2020 Session; Will Name House Speaker

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers convene the 2020 legislative session Monday with taxes, workforce and child care issues on their minds.

Republicans remain in the majority in the House and Senate, and leaders have promised to tackle some of the problems that they argue hinder business growth, including taxes, a lack of available workers and a shortage of affordable child care.

Discussion may include providing grants or tax credits to help working families pay for child care, funding the children’s mental health program created last year and considering a sales tax increase to pay for water quality and environmental programs.

One of the first tasks will be to install a new House speaker.

Pat Grassley, grandson of U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, is expected to become the new speaker, replacing Linda Upmeyer, who doesn’t plan to seek re-election this year.

State Rep. Matt Windschitl, one of the House’s most ardent gun rights advocates, will be House majority leader.

Gov. Kim Reynolds will outline her priorities Tuesday in the annual Condition of the State message to lawmakers.

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