This week, two critical pieces of legislation passed the Iowa State Legislature by unanimous, bipartisan votes. Future Ready Iowa and comprehensive mental health reform were both supported by Governor Kim Reynolds as laid out in her Condition of the State Address. In the weeks ahead, the Governor will continue to lead on important issues that matter to Iowans in every corner of the state.
Here’s some recent coverage of this week’s legislative victories:
From the Des Moines Register: “Republicans and Democrats praised the bill [Future Ready Iowa], saying it will help Iowans learn skills to gain employment at good-paying jobs that will support their families and help them purchase homes.”
From Radio Iowa : “Senator Craig Johnson, a Republican from Independence, said the bill will have ‘a huge impact’ on the state’s economy…One of the biggest concerns for businesses in the state is finding quality employees,’ Johnson said. ‘The programs contained in this legislation are going to help reduce the skilled workforce gap in Iowa.’”
From the Des Moines Register: “Patient advocates have cheered the legislation, which is intended to improve a system many believe has fallen short of serving Iowans in need, sometimes with tragic consequences.”
From the Des Moines Register: “[Peggy] Huppert, speaking at an upbeat Statehouse rally, hailed Tuesday’s 98-0 Iowa House vote for a bill that would add several key services to a mental-health system many critics say is riddled with flaws…‘Let me assure you, this bill is not just window-dressing. It will improve people’s lives,’ Huppert said.”