So it’s the first week of the second session of my first term in the Iowa House of Representatives, and as promised, I am going to do my best over the next 100 days or so to keep all of you back home in Iowa House District 26 (as well as anyone else who stumbles across this blog) up to date on what’s happening out here in Des Moines at the Iowa State Capital, and specifically, in the Iowa House chambers (thus the blog title). I plan on posting something every day, just to let you know I’m awake — and I do like to go on, so I’m betting that some days there will be multiple posts, as we start working through the big issues on this session’s agenda (mental health redesign, education reform, the various commercial property tax reduction proposals, and the proposed gas tax increase, to name a few), as well as all the less complicated (but not necessarily less important) bills that we’ll be dealing with on a daily basis.
I’m hoping that this blog will be about two-way communication — if you have questions re the issues or bills I write about (or any bills), or concerns, or suggestions to make legislation better, then please let me know! Either by posting a comment on this site, by emailing me at email@example.com, or by stopping by to talk to me in person, either out here at the Capitol (Monday-Thursday) or back in Clinton at my office (Friday-Saturday). I work for you, and I need and appreciate your feedback.
Finally, let me make one thing clear — I ran for office as a Democrat, and I am proud to be a Democrat, but I am well aware that I was elected to represent everyone in my district — Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all you “others” — and I take this responsibility seriously. I will do my best to avoid making gratuitously partisan and/or sarcastic remarks in this blog, and to answer any questions and respond to any comments in a respectful manner. But I’m sure that occasionally I will say something inappropriate, because it can get pretty crazy out here, and I’m human, and self-editing is not something at which I excel. So I apologize in advance, and if you bring it to my attention when it happens, I’ll apologize again.