It was a busy week at the state capitol in Des Moines. Four hearings were held on issues including minimum wage and worker’s compensation, as well as a voter ID bill and a plan to do away with a local water authority in Des Moines. Hundreds of constituents showed up the hearings, mostly to voice their opposition.
House File 516 would require Iowa voters to present ID’s at the polls. It would also change some of the voter registration requirements.
The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union is suing the state in reaction to passage last week of House File 291. The bill basically ended most collective bargaining for teachers and other public employees in Iowa. Lawmakers debated the bill all through the night, with some emotional pleas from house and senate Democrats.
We talked with state rep.s Chris Hall and John Wills.
The state legislature has been in session seven weeks and a lot has happened. Lawmakers passed the controversial Chapter 20 measure that largely ended collective bargaining for public employees in Iowa, changing the way their healthcare will be managed and might eventually affect their pension system.