Capitol Update

January 19th, 2023

Week Two Recap

Lots of Visitors!

I enjoyed visiting with the young people of Civil Air Patrol, as well as some wonderful veterans from District 88 this week.

I also got to see some friends from Pella who were here for an Americans For Prosperity event!

Public Hearing: Students First Act

Tuesday evening, I attended the public hearing for House Study Bill 1, commonly referred to as the "Students First Act" or "School Choice Bill." I appreciated hearing perspectives from many different people who came to speak at the hearing.

As of Wednesday, January 18, House Study Bill 1 has been passed out of its subcommittee and committee and has been renamed House File 68. It will likely be up for debate in the full House of Representatives early next week.

To read the current version of the bill, please visit this link.

You can watch the live stream of the House any time it is in session at

I have seen emails about this bill from many of you come across my inbox, and I appreciate your patience as I work to sort through the messages and respond to each of my constituents. Know that I hear support and concerns and have been considering the input of Superintendents and school staff in our district as well.

Thank you for being active and involved citizens!

House Committees

A standing committee is a group of legislators chosen by the leadership of each chamber to examine all bills relating to a specific subject area. Examples of standing committees in Iowa are Education, Commerce, or Agriculture. This session, I am on three committees: Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and International Relations. 

A typical committee meeting includes reading a summary of each bill that has been assigned to the committee, then the chair will assign those bills to subcommittees. After that, the committee will discuss bills that have come out of the subcommittees and take any action needed for recommendations. 

Who is in charge of committees? The Speaker of the House appoints the committee leadership. There is a Chair, Vice Chair, and Ranking Member. The Chair and Vice Chair will be members of the Majority Party, and the Ranking Member will be from the Minority Party. 

Committee meetings are open to the public to attend in person or via online live stream. You can visit and on the home page view both the Senate and House Committee Schedule. Clicking any of the blue links on the names will take you to the committee location, agenda, and link to watch at home. 

If you are following a specific bill, you can see what committee it was assigned to by looking at the “House/Senate Journal” on the home page as well. If you plan to visit the Capitol for a committee meeting or any other reason, please send me an email so I know you are coming! I would love to meet you.

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Contact Information

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. I love to hear from you and want to represent you accurately! 



Phone: 515.281.3221

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Upcoming Events

Here are the dates for upcoming forums I will be at! I welcome all constituents to join me for these meetings. I want to hear what you have to say!

Eggs & Issues at Smokey Row Oskaloosa (109 S Market St. Oskaloosa, IA) will take place on these dates:

January 28 - 8:30-9:30am

February 25 - 8:30-9:30am

March 25 - 8:30-9:30am

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Legislative Forum at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center (200 North Main St. Fairfield, IA)

will take place on these dates:

February 18- 7:30-9:00am

April 8 - 7:30-9:00am

If you have any questions about these events, don't hesitate to reach out to me. Forums and events will be posted on my Facebook page as well as here in the newsletter!

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