Des Moines, Iowa — The 2014 session of the Iowa Legislature is underway. We had a chance to visit with some of the people representing northwest Iowa in the legislature, and we asked each of them what their priorities were for the 2014 session.
Today, we’re talking with District 3 State Representative, Dan Huseman.
Huseman says he’s hopeful for a short session this year. He’s heard it could go that way.
He says the main reason they don’t have a whole lot going on is two years ago they did a big mental health re-design and last year they did some work on property tax reform and education reform.
He says that he’ll be re-checking the effectiveness of some of those bills.
He says the budget will be a big topic, and they’ll work on it earlier this time.
Huseman says he’ll be spending a lot of time working in his committees.
He says he’s also going to be working on some agriculture and Natural Resources bills and working to help community colleges provide workforce training.
He says he’ll also be seeing what he can do to change regulations that don’t make sense. One of those deals with products that Iowans are prohibited from buying that help mitigate radon gas issues in their homes.
Huseman says there are a couple of divisive issues that he doesn’t expect they’ll address this year since the Republicans are in charge of the House, but the Democrats control the Senate.
Huseman represents all of O’Brien County and all of Cherokee County as well as some eastern townships in Sioux and Plymouth Counties.