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How a bill becomes law

The following is a quick rundown of the process a bill must go through during the session. Any legislator can have a bill drafted. Once the bill is drafted, they are delivered to the representative for final signature and approval, after which the bill is sent back to the Chief Clerk’s ...

Getting the 2022 legislative session started

Welcome to the first Minute with Mike of the second session of the 89th General Assembly. First of all, I want to thank the voters of House District 10 for this unbelievable opportunity to serve you in this beautiful building. Secondly, I want to thank my family, especially my wife, Becky. I ...

Fort Dodge area is home to legislative leaders

Webster County is represented by three lawmakers who are uniquely positioned to have significant influence on the future course of our state. State Rep. Mike Sexton, R-Rockwell City, remains the House majority whip. That’s one of the top four leadership positions in the House of ...

Senate change won’t better inform Iowans

Typically, in the days leading up to the start of a new session of the Iowa Legislature, the attention is on lawmakers’ goals and priorities — and on the pledges they make to work together for the good of the people of Iowa. This year, however, Republican leaders who control the Iowa ...

Feenstra: A year of results

As I reflect on my first year of serving you in Congress, I am pleased by what we have accomplished together. I have been working hard to ensure your voice is heard in Washington, and that is why I quickly launched my 39 County Tour, secured seats on committees that impact our district – ...

Got an interest or a passion? There are foundations for that

What are your interests and passions? Theater and the arts? Hiking, walking, running, biking? Musicals? Concerts? Reading? Pets? History? A day or night at the ballpark? Or, like dozens of local volunteers did recently, bringing holiday cheer to children? Well, there’s a foundation and ...