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The Conditions Of The 2021 Legislative Session

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John Pemble
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Iowa Public Radio
The north side of Iowa's Capitol.

As the 89th Iowa General Assembly begins, House Republicans have more seats from the November election and the party maintains a majority status in the Senate. With a Republican governor, this is the fifth year for the party’s trifecta. The worldwide pandemic has claimed more than 4,000 Iowans since March. Social distancing is encouraged and so are masks, but wearing them is not required for legislators or visitors in the Capitol. As is common in a session’s first week, leaders lay out their goals including the governor as she delivers her Condition of the State.

John Pemble is a reporter for IPR