End of session stalled because of politics?
The 2014 legislative session began with pledges from Republicans and Democrats alike to refrain from the DC-style political potshots and partisanship that has infected any chance at success and cooperation. Unfortunately, because of the focus on state employee settlement agreements, the work needed to wrap up the session has been sidetracked.
The Senate Oversight Committee focusing on the settlement agreements needs less politics, not more. The coordination between Senate Democrats and the Jack Hatch for Governor campaign has been a hindrance to uncovering the truth.
House Republicans are interested in knowing the truth. The truth is revealed through additional transparency. HF2462 provides that additional transparency.
Senate Democrats have every intention of killing HF2462 and the additional transparency it provides. The bill goes to the heart of the controversy regarding the confidential settlement agreements – why they happened in the first place.
Iowans now know the who, what, when and where – but Iowans do not know the why. HF 2462 answers that fundamental question.