Iowa Legislature Session Suspension

Iowa Legislature Session Suspension

04/02/2020

House and Senate leadership have decided to extend the legislative session suspension until April 30th following Governor Kim Reynolds decision to close schools until April 30th. 

“The Iowa Legislature continues to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health. It is important for us to continue to lead by example and limit the possible spread of this disease,” said Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny. “I am thankful for all work done by Iowans in the face of COVID-19. After this virus, I am confident Iowa will rebound stronger than ever.”

The Legislative Council will meet via teleconference on Thursday, April 9th, to formally extend the suspension. 

On March 16th, the House and Senate passed a supplemental appropriation to continue to current budget for July and August of 2020, if necessary, provided the Governor with access to the Economic Emergency Fund, and provided the Legislative Council the ability to approve up to a total of $196 million in funding without the Legislature convening.

“The goal of pausing session is to protect higher risk members of the Legislature, staff, and public potentially at risk during the legislative session and follow the expert guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Iowa Department of Public Health,” said Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny. “Additionally, at this time, the focus of state government needs to be on managing the COVID-19 outbreak.”

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