The 2021 Iowa legislative session ended almost three weeks later than scheduled and District 52 State Representative Todd Prichard (D) of Charles City says the Republican-led legislature still wasn’t able to provide Iowans enough assistance to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prichard says a return to normal could’ve happened quicker for the state’s citizens and businesses.
Prichard adds while the legislature and Governor Reynolds passed legislation to help mental health services, he’s skeptical of the state providing the funding they promise. He says those services are vital given the mental stress brought on by the pandemic.
Prichard says bi-partisan legislation passed this session that will benefit Iowans include establishing more funding for volunteer fire departments, expanding protections to prevent sexual abuse, allotting a $1 million increase for state parks, and committing to expand broadband across the state. Although, he says he feels lawmakers didn’t go far enough to help rural areas which are the hardest to connect.