Speaker of the House, Rep. Linda Upmeyer, delivered opening remarks today as the House opened the 2019 legislative session. Upmeyer thanked her family and welcomed the 22 new members of the Iowa House.
“After the election, no matter whose in charge, Iowans expect us to move past the partisan gamesmanship and govern,” Upmeyer said. “We have listened to Iowans, heard their priorities and now it is time to act.”
Rep. Upmeyer said the House should see what it can do to help the mental health situation for young people in Iowa. She also said the House is focused on improving the Medicaid system.
“Managed care is a strategy used by more than 40 other states for years to improve health outcomes, create stability and ensure sustainability of the program,” she said. “There is no reason it can’t be successful here as well. It’s time we accept that we can’t go back to the old system and that managed care is here to stay.”
Preparing students for college or a career after high school is another top priority.
“Iowa families want a first class education system because they know that a great education is the key to a great life,” Upmeyer said. “And it’s not just families. Iowa’s employers are depending on our schools to prepare the next generation of skilled workers.”
Revitalizing rural Iowa is another emphasis entering 2019.
“Development and growth should not be limited to Iowa’s largest cities and counties,” she said. “Our rural communities are not merely a part of our past, they are the foundation for our future.”