Capitol report: A look at happenings last week in Des Moines

By Elizabeth Meyer

A glance at statehouse business next week is included, too.

Since lawmakers convened in Des Moines Jan. 8 they have passed one bill through the Iowa Legislature: water quality.

Senate File 512 passed the Republican-led House of Representatives 59-41 Tuesday in a vote that occurred largely along party lines. Only four Democrats voted in favor of it (Bruce Bearinger of Oelwein, Helen Miller of Fort Dodge, Scott Ourth of Ackworth, Todd Prichard of Charles City) and four Republicans cast votes against (Chip Baltimore of Boone, Mary Ann Hanusa of Council Bluffs, Jake Highfill of Johnston, Guy Vander Linden of Oskaloosa).

GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds said she would sign the bill — which was approved last year in the Senate — but has not set a signing date.

Here’s how your lawmakers voted:

Senate (voted April 19, 2017)

Tom Greene, R-Burlington – Yes

Rich Taylor, D-Mount Pleasant – No


Dennis Cohoon, D-Burlington – No

Dave Heaton, R-Mount Pleasant – Yes

Jerry Kearns, D-Keokuk – No

Dave Kerr, R-Morning Sun – Yes

Other bills introduced last week include:

Senate File 2088

Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines, introduced legislation Wednesday to create Retirement Savings Iowa, a state-managed retirement fund for private sector employees whose employers do not offer a retirement plan.

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