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The Iowa House of Representatives has officially elected Republican Pat Grassley as the new speaker of the House. The chamber voted today (Monday), the first day of the 2020 legislative session.

Grassley is a 36-year-old farmer from New Hartford and the grandson of U-S Senator Chuck Grassley.

Speaker Grassley says his time as chair of a powerful budget-writing committee showed him the importance of building consensus among House Republicans.

Voter ID BIll

Mar 27, 2017

The Iowa Senate passed a voter ID bill yesterday on a party line vote.  It would require Iowa voters would need to provide government-issued identification at the polls.

House File 516 was initiated by Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Democrats called the legislation a "voter suppression bill"  would keep  minorities, older people and people with disabilities away from the polls. 

Story County Democratic Senator David Quirmbach (cornbach) said the bill would reduce people’s right to vote.