Public invited to legislative Q & A
Washington County’s four elected state officials will be available to answer questions during the second of a scheduled three legislative briefings that will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Washington County Courthouse.
Washington Chamber of Commerce director Michelle Peiffer said today that State Reps. Dave Heaton and Jarad Klein, and State Sens. Sandra Greiner and Rich Taylor had all confirmed they planned to attend the meeting, which is held monthly while the state Legislature is in session. The chamber sponsors the briefings and invites anyone who wishes to ask a question or who just wants to learn more about what the Legislature is covering this year.
“We had a packed house in January,” Peiffer said. “For the last 10 years we only had two representatives, now we have four. They have to shorten their responses to give everyone a chance to ask their questions in the two hours allotted.”
Heaton and Taylor are new to the Washington County briefings this year. Heaton had represented the southern half of Washington County years ago but redistricting pushed him out of the county. However, the most recent round of redistricting put him back in Washington County. Taylor won election to the Iowa Senate just this past November.
Education was the main topic of discussion during January’s briefing, Peiffer said. She said that the January briefings are a bit slow because the legislators are only beginning the legislative session. With the legislators being a month into this year’s session, she feels they will be more knowledgeable about the issues that will be covered. This will be the second of three scheduled briefings.
Peiffer said that there is no agenda for the briefing because the attendees choose the topics they want the representatives to address.