From Rep. Ann Meyer’s legislative newsletter:
Week 2 at the Capitol was a short week as we celebrated Martin Luther King Day Monday. However, it was busy with and committee work and bill requests. In Human Resources, I ran HSB 501, a bill that caps cost-sharing (co-pay) of insulin at $100 for a 30 day supply. It passed unanimously through committee and will be debated on the House Floor.
Childcare is an issue for many in our district; both access and affordability. This week I introduced HF2067, a bill that, if passed, will raise childcare provider rates under the state child care assistance program. Many centers and homes that provide this assistance have closed in the last year; this would help maintain and hopefully increase the number of providers in the state. I have several bills coming up that address childcare as well, and I will keep you updated as they are introduced.
In addition, I have heard from several of you about the ongoing concern of distracted drivers. I have introduced HF 2119, a bill that requires “hands-free” use of all electronic devices. It is a significant safety concern, and I have worked with the Department of Public Safety to find a solution.
The session has been very busy so far, and I am honored to be representing you in Des Moines. Please follow my Facebook page to get *almost* daily updates!