Senate Leaders Announce Plans to Issue Formal Call for Special Session

Written by Theresa Rose on July 7, 2015

DES MOINES — In an effort to maintain quality education across Iowa and to ensure access to mental health services for Iowans, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs and Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque announced plans to issue a formal letter to all 50 Senators calling for a special session of the Iowa Legislature.

“Governor Branstad’s surprising vetoes of one-time funding for K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities continues to make no sense to a majority of Iowans,” Gronstal said. “The Governor’s vetoes are especially egregious in light of the fact that the Legislature worked in a bipartisan fashion to avoid using one-time money to fund ongoing needs and the Legislature’s overall spending level was actually below the Governor’s.”

“In the end, it is schoolchildren, college students and Iowans needing mental health treatment who will suffer because of the Governor’s actions. I believe there will be bipartisan support for overriding the worst of Governor Branstad’s vetoes,” Gronstal said

Legislators may call a special session if two-thirds of the Senators and two-thirds of the Representatives agree in writing to participate in a special session.