Governor’s Priorities Survive Legislative Deadline

Governor Terry Branstad’s legislative priorities survived a procedural deadline in the Iowa General Assembly this week, while some more controversial bills appeared dead.


Bills dealing with veterans support, bullying prevention and expanding broadband Internet were set to survive a Friday deadline and will move forward in the legislature. All three issues are part of Branstad’s modest legislative agenda for the year.


Bills on issues such as medical marijuana, abortion and gun rights did not meet the requirements to move forward.


Friday is the deadline for most bills to receive committee-level approval in the state House or Senate. But lawmakers completed their work for the week by Thursday and most will not return to the state Capitol until next week.


Some bills are not subject to this deadline, like budget bills.