Governor signs bills, concludes legislative work
June 2, 2016
Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday signed the remaining pieces of policy and budget legislation into law. The governor also used his veto authority on only a few provisions in budget bills. Notably, Gov. Branstad called upon the Legislature to eliminate the use of one-time funding for ongoing expenses in the Department of Health and Human Services budget and he also line-item vetoed policy language delaying implementation of a new statewide academic assessment system for education. For a copy of the entire list of legislative action and veto messages click here. The governor’s action signals the official end of policy action for the 2016 year and for the two-year legislative cycle. ABI is already in the middle of policy development for the 2017 session. The final regional meeting will take place Tuesday, June 7 in Council Bluffs and you can register here.