2013 legislative session a huge success
This was undoubtedly one of the busiest legislative sessions I can remember. It was a good session, although that fact wasn’t realized until the closing days. That is typically the case, for the time does come when all recognize that compromise is essential in a split legislature, and both sides must sit down and iron out the differences.
It would be of little avail for me to do a broad-based brush approach to the significant accomplishments. You have read about them in the newspapers, observed the commentators on television, and listened to radio reports. I would dare guess that most Iowans know that significant strides were made in tax reform, education reform and health care reform. Yet, I doubt that many know some of the more specific details of these three major issues where progress was made in 2013. That isn’t to say the problems related to these three issues were solved, for there never is perfect legislation. I would venture that the legislature will re-visit all three during coming years, and tweak the laws where those who deal with them on a daily basis have found conflict and difficulty.
I will be doing columns in the coming months that will take each of the above three issues, and provide a more detailed account of what the Republicans of the House and Democrats of the Senate produced for final law. I’m most confident some will agree, and some will not, with what was accomplished. Yet, I am comfortable that we did our best, and if we need to do better, that can come next session.
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