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Legislative Session Starts Monday

The recess for Iowa lawmakers is over, as the 2020 legislative session gets started on today. There will be a number of issues that will be discussed and debated during the scheduled 100 day session. For Democrats they include education, affordable accessible health care and workforce. State Representative Lindsey James of Dubuque says another big issue is the protection of mobile home owners, who she says are being taken advantage of by companies outside of the state who are engaging in predatory business practices. James says she is working on a bill that would better protect mobile home owners. Last year a Republican lawmaker proposed a bill that would require Medicaid recipients to do at least 20 hours of volunteer work to remain eligible for the program. James says if the Medicaid Work Rules bill comes up again this session she’ll oppose it. Other issues sure to come up for debate are tax relief, mental health funding, voting rights for Iowans with felony convictions, medical cannabis, child care, gun rights, abortion and a ban on hand held mobile phones while driving.

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