Senate Leader: Expect Another Big and Bold Agenda

January 11, 2018

Iowa Senate legislative leaders kicked off the 2018 legislative session on Monday with their opening remarks, which talked about goals and issues they are focused on for this year.

Senate President Jack Whitver (R-Ankeny) said the Senate needs to work together to address issues such as improving water quality, enhancing Iowa’s mental health care system, developing a skilled workforce and revitalizing rural Iowa. He also emphasized the need for tax reform and lower rates to continue growth.

Majority Leader Bill Dix (R-Shell Rock) talked about some of the Republican successes from last session. He also said to expect another big and bold agenda from Senate Republicans.

Minority Leader Janet Petersen (D-Des Moines) said Senate Democrats will work to increase family incomes and help more Iowans get better paying jobs. She also talked about her caucus’s support for public education, affordable healthcare and renewable energy.

 Read their remarks: