10 issues likely on the agenda in the 2018 Iowa Legislature

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10 issues likely on the agenda in the 2018 Iowa Legislature

William Petroskibpetrosk@dmreg.comPublished 2:00 p.m. CT Jan. 6, 2018

State lawmakers face numerous challenges for the session that begins Jan. 8, 2018. Wochit

Debate is brewing over the state budget, tax reform and abortion rights as the Iowa Legislature prepares to convene Monday for its 2018 session.

As legislators return to the Capitol, other issues that could be on the docket include water quality funding, a repeal of the state’s 5-cent beverage deposit law, reinstatement of capital punishment, penalties for so-called “sanctuary cities,” Medicaid and mental health care, education funding, and sports betting.

The House and Senate will gavel in at 10 a.m. for what Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, describes as “Chapter 2” of enacting a pro-business, conservative agenda to spur economic growth and create good-paying Iowa jobs. Republicans control both chambers, as well as the governor’s office.

Read the full article at the Des Moines Register.