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Under the Golden Dome

The process of creating policy and law in the Iowa Legislature can be complicated. We break it down and make it easier to understand. Under the Golden Dome provides context, depth, and a better understanding of the legislative session. Learn about elected officials, influencers, and issues on this weekly podcast.

Latest Episodes
  • During the last week of the 2020 legislative session a series of changes about absentee voting passes in the Senate, but the House changes the bill…
  • While the session was suspended for 12 weeks, 564 Iowans died from COVID-19 complications. Before returning, the legislative council met to discuss how to…
  • With the coronavirus reaching community spread, Gov. Kim Reynolds and legislative leaders are suspending the 2020 legislative session. In order to do…
  • The Revenue Estimating Conference meets to share a forecast of how much revenue the state will take in. For Fiscal Year 2020, things are on track from…
  • Three weeks ago the Senate and House passed different funding levels for K-12 public education. This week the chambers announced a compromise and now…
  • The governor appoints hundreds of people to positions requiring Senate confirmation. This week some of the individuals making it through the required…
  • During funnel week, dozens of bills come before subcommittees hoping to make it past the committee level to stay in play for the rest of the session. One…
  • One of the first legislative debates of the year is over school state aid. Forty-three percent of the state’s budget goes to K-12 public education. This…
  • Directors of state agencies visit appropriations subcommittees to explain their department goals, budget needs, and to answer legislators questions. The…
  • Current law does not allow barbers in Iowa to cut hair in a mobile facility, but a bill is gaining support to change that as a Waterloo barber visits the…