The Iowa House adjourned earlier this morning (Thursday, May 1st) at about 4:30 a.m., after passing more bills in 12 hours than we had passed during the prior three months (ok, not really, but that’s sure how it seemed). It was the first time the “no voting in the House after midnight” rule has been waived since it was instituted four years ago, so everyone was giddy w excitement. Also w exhaustion.
The big drama was the last minute passage of Senate File 2360, the Medical Cannabidiol bill – the House did a strikeafter amendment that made it even narrower than the Senate’s original bill, but its passage is still a big victory for the 100 or so Iowans suffering from intractable epilepsy (most of whom are children, since people diagnosed with this incredibly destructive disorder tend to die young). Both the House and Senate also passed SF 2297, a bill addressing Iowa’s overly punitive and largely nonsensical HIV transmission laws, which was quite a surprise since until yesterday, that bill was presumed DOA in the House.
And we passed many many other bills, most of which I could go on about in great detail pointing out each one’s pros and cons but I need a nap so for now, here’s a comprehensive list of bills passed by the 2014 IA General Assembly, arranged by subject matter (i.e., by the committee in which the bill started out). This was prepared by the (fabulous) Iowa House Democratic Research Staff, but it’s totally nonpartisan … just sets out a brief description of each bill, as well as whether or not the bill has been signed into law by the Governor (and if so, when the new law becomes effective).
In the best of all possible worlds, this list would contain hyperlinks to each bill, but … it doesn’t, and while I could probably make it happen it would take me waaaay too long. So here’s a link to the Iowa General Assembly home page: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/ – just plug in the bill number (eg, HF2459, which increases the income tax credit for volunteer fire fighters and EMS providers) into the search engine on the left hand side and it’ll come right up.
A lot of things I would have like to see pass didn’t pass, but so did a lot of things I didn’t want to see passed. In the end, the good hopefully outweighed the bad – and there’s always next year.
Thanks for all the support, past/future/present.