SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – This is the third consecutive year the Republicans have occupied the majority in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Governor’s office. Now that the legislative session has closed, legislators and Iowans are waiting to see what bills will become laws.
As of right now, the Iowa Care Act, K-12 public school funding and campus free speech are some of the laws governor Kim Reynolds has signed off on, but the wait for other major proposals like the sports betting bill still awaits the governor’s approval. Jackie Smith, Iowa State Senator for District 7, described how she believes the sports betting bill will help create Iowa revenue.
“The sports betting will be good for our area and it really helps businesses that have been a good partner like the Hardrock. Also, there would be some money designated to all the counties out of the state revenues,” said Smith.
The Sports Betting bill was one of many bills that passed through Iowa legislation. As bills were making their way through, there were still disagreements between the two parties. Skyler Wheeler, Iowa House Representative for District 4, described his disapproval of the Sports Betting bill.
“The big bill that upset me was the sports gambling bill. I don’t appreciate gambling. I don’t think that it brings any societal benefits. I actually think it causes a lot more harm than good,” said Wheeler.
There were also bills that were proposed by Governor Kim Reynolds that did not make it through legislation, like the felon voting rights bill and the birth control access bill, which Reynolds said she will continue to fight for in the coming years.
The deadline to make a decision on all the bills was extended to 30 days to give Reynolds more time to review the bills. As of right now, she has not indicated which bills, if any, she plans to make law.