Senator Kibbie Sums Up Legislative Session
An effort to bring health care coverage to all Iowa kids within three years is the highlight of the 2008 session of the Iowa Legislature which adjourned early Saturday, April 26, said Senate President Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg.
“Working to make Iowa the first state to bring affordable health care coverage to all of its youngsters is the first step in a bold health care reform effort,” Kibbie said. “This bipartisan legislation highlights a very productive session that also saw major progress on education and jobs while resulting in the most fiscally responsible budget in more than a decade.”
Other major legislation included:
• The final year of the effort to increase average teacher to 25th in the nation, up from 42nd in the nation
• The second year of the Iowa Power Fund’s effort to jump-start Iowa’s energy economy
• Legislation to rebuild Iowa’s roads and bridges
• The statewide SILO to support school infrastructure and provide property tax relief
• Consumer protection that included a state consumer insurance advocate, a mortgage scam crackdown and identity theft protections
• $67 million in income tax relief for working Iowans and seniors
• Help for veterans seeking to keep their jobs after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
• Setting aside an all-time record amount of money in the state’s “rainy day” funds.
Kibbie pointed out, Republicans and Democrats worked together and voted for most of the legislation approved in the Senate.
“We focused on issues important to all Iowans, especially education, jobs, health care, and renewable fuels,” Kibbie said. “It’s not surprising that a big majority of everyone serving in the Senate approved these initiatives.”
Between now and the start of the 2009 session, Kibbie plans to hold local listening posts and forums.
“I appreciate the time many people in the district took to contact me during the session,” Kibbie said. “Their ideas, suggestions and priorities are reflected in many of the bills that made it to the governor’s desk. People are always encouraged to call me at home, (712) 852-4140, or to email me at: