The upcoming week of Feb. 17 will be the Iowa Legislature’s first funnel week. This is the self-imposed deadline the Legislature has set that requires bills to have at least passed out of committee to be considered viable for the remainder of the 2020 session.
Sen. Amy Sinclair, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, has been busy with State Supplemental Aid for K-12 public schools. The Senate passed a 2.1 percent increase while the House passed 2.5. Both sides are cooperating to find the amount that will fit within the State’s revenue restrictions.
Sinclair’s bill to address classroom behavior has passed through her committee in the Senate. A companion bill has passed through two subcommittees in the House. Because this bill will require funding, it is “funnel-proof” and will continue to be discussed.
Those are Sinclair’s two most significant bills at this time. She predicts that other things she is working on, including occupational licensing changes, welfare reform and mental health funding will also likely move on.
Sinclair and Rep. Jon Thorup will hold a forum Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12:30 p.m. at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville.