July 7, 2017
WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings for the 2017 meeting of the Iowa General Assembly. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by the ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and are helpful in illustrating how both chambers of the legislature as well as individual members’ prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect Iowans.
The ACUF has reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member.
Iowa lawmakers took pen to paper on various issues during the 2017 legislative session including health insurance mandates, farmer property rights, Christian education curriculum, abortion restrictions voter ID laws, and income tax regulations. The 2017 Iowa State Legislature saw both chambers working closely together, passing a good number of bills in both the House and the Senate. Most notably, the legislature voted to:
The two chambers not only worked together to pass a handful of beneficial legislation this year but boosted their overall conservative score significantly in each chamber, suggesting the legislative body has seen one of the largest increases in conservative representation in many years. The Iowa Senate’s average score increased by 18% points this year – from 43% in 2016 to 61% in 2017 – and the House’s score increased by 10% – from 45% in 2016 to 55% this year. Iowa’s unified right-leaning government allowed for significant conservative victories, including an overhaul of collective bargaining laws for the first time in 43 years and the ban of project labor agreements, which force companies to negotiate with unions in order to qualify for state contracts.
For questions or media inquiries regarding ACUF state ratings, email Jackie Anderson, Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the American Conservative Union Foundation, at [email protected].
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