Hi Daily Iowegian!
When we returned to the Senate last week floor debate and voting began in earnest. The first funnel ended last Friday and Senators had attended scores of subcommittee and committee meetings in an attempt to get bills moving before the funnel deadline.
The Senate took up more than 60 bills last week, with the overwhelming majority of the proposed legislation receiving broad, bipartisan support. The topics ranged from a bill creating a Lyme disease task force to enhancing penalties for those convicted of kidnapping a child.
Floor work will remain steady for the coming weeks. For the next two weeks, debate should continue to be time-consuming as we work toward the second funnel deadline of March 14.
It is essential to provide our students with the flexibility and ability to participate in extracurricular activities after school. That may not always be as simple as it sounds. In some Iowa districts, certain sports or activities are not offered. Therefore, if a student wishes to participate, they may have to travel to a neighboring district that offers them the opportunity. For some, the distance between schools makes it difficult for students to participate in their after-school practices, games or competitions.
This week the Senate passed Senate File 2228, which expands the route high school students can drive, with a school driver's permit, for extracurricular activities. If this bill is signed into law, students will have the ability to drive to a contiguous school district for after-school activities, as long as there is a sharing agreement between the districts. The bill does not change the passenger requirement or any other provision of a school driver's permit. It only expands the route students with a driver's permit are able to drive. I gladly supported this bill to provide our students better opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities.