Five weeks beyond the 100th calendar day of the session, the 2022 session of the 89th General Assembly of Iowa has adjourned sine die. Originally slated to end on April 20, stalled negotiations on Education Savings Plans (ESAs) as proposed by the Governor and approved by the Senate largely led to the delay. Ultimately, agreement on the issue was not reached but the Governor and supporters in both chambers pledged to revisit the issue next year.
Once it was decided that the chambers wouldn’t reach a consensus on the ESA issues it didn’t take long to wrap up the budget and resolve the remaining policy issues. The last few days of session saw another round of tax reform, a compromise on the bottle bill that was 40 years in the making, and a number of increases and decreases in budget priorities. We will provide a comprehensive review of all legislation of interest from this legislative session once the Governor’s 30-day veto period has expired. Please find highlights from the 2022 legislative below.