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2018 Legislative Session begins
by By Liz Mathis State Senator · January 18th, 2018


The first week of session is steeped in tradition. Leaders from the three branches of state government share their vision for a better Iowa. There are a lot of good ideas, but ultimately, we must focus on what matters most in Iowans' everyday lives and make wise use of your hard-earned tax dollars.

Iowans want us to work together, to lead with civility and to find real solutions to real problems.

I want to ensure all Iowans have the chance to get ahead. No matter where you live, you should have access to better jobs, great schools, affordable health care, opportunities for learning and recreation.

Over the last year, you've shown us how much you are paying attention to what we say and do at the Statehouse. Legislators know you expect us to keep our promises and reflect your values.

That means showing respect for older Iowans and protecting children and those living with disabilities by providing the critical services they need, including

Medicaid, mental health care, and safe homes.

When we say education is a top priority, keeping our promises means responsibly investing in our students and schools, and showing appreciation for teachers and other professionals who do so much to prepare our kids for their future.

Keeping our promises means making sure all Iowans have safe drinking water, and bringing together everybody who wants to take part in discussions about the future of our water, environment, and economy.

Keeping our promises means improving life for Iowans in every community so that Iowa truly can be the very best state to live, work and raise a family.

I'm proud to be working for you to make these things happen.

Over the next four months, I'll be gathering people together this session. Here are the dates for my listening posts. I encourage you to come and share what's on your mind.

Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m. to noon, Hiawatha Public Library, 150 West Willman St., Hiawatha

Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Ave., Marion

Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Ely City Hall, 1570 Rowley St., Ely

Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. to noon, location TBA

I will also be participating in the League of Women Voter's forums:

Saturday, January 20, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Mercy Medical Center, Hallagan Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids

Saturday, February 17, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Mercy Medical Center, Hallagan Center, 701 10th St. SE, Cedar Rapids

Saturday, March 17, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Kirkwood's Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha

Saturday, April 21, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Kirkwood's Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha

You can call me at the Statehouse (515-281-3371) or email me at Liz.Mathis@legis.iowa.gov. At www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/mathis, you can sign up for my weekly newsletter.
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