COUNCIL BLUFFS — Expect some “fine-tuning” this year in the Iowa Legislature.
“I believe this session will be about fine-tuning on what was done last year,” said Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs.
“Any time you pass big pieces of legislation, oftentimes in a year or two some adjustments may be needed to make sure the intent of the legislation is being realized or to alter something,” said Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa.
Both lawmakers were referring to major legislation passed in 2013, including commercial property tax reform, health care and mental health care reforms and education initiatives.
It's possible new issues might come to the forefront, but Gronstal and Hanusa both believed lawmakers might seek a smooth, clean session. It is an election year, after all.
It will be a shorter session: 100 days of work this year, as opposed to 110 days last year. Lawmakers will convene on Jan. 13.
Concerning gun issues, Hanusa said she hasn't heard of any proposed new legislation on that front. Gronstal said it's unlikely any significant legislation will occur on abortion.
Senators, however, are expected to concentrate on how to handle proposed federal reductions mixing biofuels with gasoline.
“The Environmental Protection Agency has backed off on the renewable fuel standard, and we're concerned about that,” Gronstal said.