Iowa Democrats back abortion access, legalized marijuana, more school fundingPosted by On

Iowa House Democrats named increasing public school funding, protecting abortion and legalizing marijuana as goals for the upcoming legislative session Wednesday.

The legislative leaders of Iowa’s minority party unveiled their “people over politics” agenda at the Iowa State Capitol. The plan has four components: lowering costs of living, legalizing adult use of marijuana, protecting access to abortion and investing in public schools. While Democrats have rallied behind those policies for years, the four points come as the nation faces changing laws and rising inflation.

House Democratic Leader Jennifer Konfrst said that the proposals are not just important looking ahead to the 2023 state legislative session, but for the upcoming election as well.

“We have heard from Iowans that these are the things that they want, these are the things Democrats fight for, too,” Konfrst said. “So we want to make sure Iowans know where we stand.”

Both chambers of Iowa’s legislature have Republican majorities, and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds has held office since 2017. While election forecasters predict the GOP will retain control over much of Iowa’s state government, Konfrst said that many conservative goals don’t align with the needs or desires of Iowans. She pointed to Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll results in recent years that showed a majority of Iowans supported legal recreational and medical use of marijuana, as well as legal abortion in most or all…

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