Nearly two weeks have gone by since House File 2462, a bill that would protect Iowa workers and create a more transparent government, was passed in the Iowa House. During that time, the Senate majority party has talked endlessly about the need for more transparency in government and protecting workers. But they have failed to follow the swift action of Gov. Branstad and the Iowa House to help this issue become law.
Yes, there is a problem in regard to confidential employee settlements. Gov. Branstad acknowledged the seriousness of this matter by issuing Executive Order 85. The executive order immediately ends confidential settlements and prohibits the practice in the future. The House moved swiftly to pass House File 2462, which codifies the governor’s executive order into Iowa law. However, the prompt action to correct this important issue came to an abrupt halt in the Iowa Senate.
Senate Republicans have repeatedly reached out to our colleagues on the other side of the aisle and have asked them to work together to find a solution. However, we have heard nothing. This is disappointing because there is a significant difference between governing and grandstanding. We will continue to make the case for problem solving over political theater.
House File 2462 is a good first step to a more transparent and open government and we know there may very well be more steps to come. Iowans are depending on us to do the right thing. We need to make it happen.
Two common themes heard throughout the first week of the 2014 Legislative session were job creation and strengthening Iowa’s economy. Unfortunately, discussions regarding these issues were put on the back burner throughout most of this session. This was truly a disservice for everyone in our state who shared their desire for us to create a climate of opportunities for all Iowans.