Iowa Democrats Preview the Legislative Session

January 03, 2017 08:14 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The 2017 Iowa legislative session is going to have a decidedly Republican feel to it. But on Tuesday, Democrats offered a preview.

“This is the first time in many many years we've had an all-Republican government at the state and federal levels" said Minority Senate Leader Rob Hogg (D - Cedar Rapids).


"We are still there to represent people we are still there to speak up for people."

Tuesday, Democratic leaders brought a series of town hall meetings to Mason City for some talking and even more listening.

“We feel it's really important to listen to Iowans, hear what they care about," Sen. Hogg said.

“The citizens had quite a few concerns," said James Berge, Worth County Democratic party chair.

“We need to get better jobs in Iowa, better economy, build our schools up."

“And anyone who knows about Iowa knows that when a school closes in that community, the community dries up and blows away," said House Minority Leader Rep. Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown).

"We need better health and better mental health especially, and finally we need real public safety," added Sen. Hogg.

ABC reached out to several Republican lawmakers across north Iowa, and received a statement from state Sen. Dennis Guth (R- Klemme). He wrote, "the number one desire of senate republicans is to reduce government expenditures, and its influence on private lives". It also said republicans hope to help build an environment which attracts businesses that create jobs, and reform the tax code so ordinary citizens cam keep more of their own money.

The Iowa legislative session begins next Monday.


Dan Conradt

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