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State Sen. Jake Chapman (R-Dallas) is ready to get going on the 2020 legislative session. With 2020 being an election year, he said it is no time to slow down.

“I think this is the time for us to really throttle the gas and push the agenda forward,” he said. “This isn’t a time for us to slow down. Iowans, I think, are very pleased with what we’ve accomplished over the last few years and now is not the time to rest on our laurels.”

This could be the final year of the Republican trifecta in state government, depending on how things shake out in November.

“We are elected to go and govern down at the Capitol,” Chapman said. “That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to take on bold issues.”

In addition to the fiscal issues Chapman highlighted in this article, he is also focused on the life issue — mainly the abortion neutrality amendment.

“The judicial tyranny that has occurred with the (Iowa) Supreme Court and their tyrannical decision over the Planned Parenthood decision, that found a fundamental constitutional right to an abortion, that has to be addressed this legislative session. I’m going to be focused on making sure we get that across the finish line this year to keep it eligible for next year as well.”

Another major discussion is welfare reform.

One of Chapman’s personal pieces of legislation is the left-lane bill, which would make the left lane a passing lane only.

“I want to get that across the finish line,” he said. “Believe it or not, there’s a companion bill in the House and both are eligible for floor debate on day one. They both passed out of committee. I’m optimistic on that front.”

Author: Jacob Hall