As the Iowa constitution requires, the 88th General Assembly of the Iowa Legislature gaveled in on the second Monday in January. The first week is always filled with speeches and pomp and circumstance. This past week was no different, but the week did mark one first and that was the swearing in of Iowa’s first elected female Governor, Kim Reynolds. Also Adam Gregg was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor and he is the first male to serve in that role for over 30 years.

The Governor delivered her “State of the State” address. She touched on the many positive things that are going on in Iowa and also delivered her plan for the budget next year.The release of the Governor’s budget proposal represents the beginning the annual budget process that dominates each legislative session. Budget subcommittees will begin examining the budget this week.

The budget process for the FY 2020 budget will be a bit easier since last year ended with a surplus and current year revenues are running ahead of projections at the halfway point.

As in past years, I will try to write a column weekly that touches the important issues going on in the state and the Legislature, often with a special emphasis on things that the media is not writing about.

Dave Deyoe is the Representative for the 49th District in the Iowa House. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact him. Home phone: 515-382-2352. E-mail: