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Local Lawmaker: Fate Of "Invest In Iowa Act" Is Somewhat Uncertain

Mon 3-9-2020

(Des Moines)-- There's a growing question as to whether or not a bill known as the Invest in Iowa Act will pass in this session of the Iowa Legislature.

State Representative John Wills told a legislative forum Saturday in Spirit Lake a hearing was held on the measure this past Wednesday by a Senate subcommittee. The measure would increase the state's sales tax to generate revenue to fund the Outdoor Recreational Natural Resources Trust Fund, water quality, and mental health services. Wills says that subcommittee has not yet acted on the bill, and its fate is somewhat up in the air due to one component in particular...Wills & IWILL 

"And I thought in January when the Governor's plan was released that the big hangup would be on the policy on IWILL. Well that's the part that everybody likes. The part that nobody likes is mental health. Some people say it does too much, some people say it doesn't do enough, some people, some regions have a reduction in funding, some regions have a huge increase. I think our region has an increase. So they're working that out and trying to figure out what we need to do in order to get it so that everybody, 150 legislators will vote on it. We need to have 51 in the House and 26 in the Senate that will approve it in order for it to go anywhere, and then the Governor needs to come back in and say yeah, I'll sign that. So that's where we're at in the process. It has a long way to go and a short time to get there, to quote a song, and we're half way through the state legislature season, so. I don't know where we're going to go from here, but it's not going to stay the same bill and there's going to be some changes."

Wills says the measure is still alive however.