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Three words describe this past week: subcommittees, committees and caucuses. As we approach our first scheduled debate, action was taken to get several bills ready to be debated on the floor, which means a slew of subcommittees and committee meetings to pack our schedules.

Thanks to such a busy week, we are beginning to see plenty of movement on some our top legislative priorities as outlined by Governor Reynolds in her Condition of The State address. More on our progress later.

H.F. 2093, a bill I filed, calls for the a ban on smoking in vehicles with children present has been scheduled for a subcommittee meeting next Tuesday. While maintaining a person’s freedom of choice is a top priority of mine, I do believe that freedom shouldn’t infringe on the health of another, particularly a child. I believe this bill will make big strides in defending the well-being of a future generation of Iowans.

I also want to take the opportunity to congratulate my home-base, the wonderful community of Bondurant, for their partnership with Amazon, which was announced this past week. After much speculation, the massive structure off Hubbell was finally confirmed as an Amazon fulfillment center. Bondurant’s population has nearly tripled since I moved here in 2000, thanks, in large part, to the responsible economic growth policies of the city leaders and the dedication of local business. Bondurant welcomes Amazon and the 1,100 employees that will be working in Bondurant!

On a closing note, a quick reminder to stop by tomorrow morning, February 8th, at Brick Street Market and Cafe in Bondurant (114 Brick Street SE) at 9 a.m. Join me (Senator Nunn will be gone for guard duty) for coffee, donuts, and the chance to engage in a one-on-one dialogue. We’ve had great turnout thus far, and hope to keep that going!

Brian Lohse

Author: Brian Lohse