Iowa’s legislators returned to Des Moines this week for a new session, and they took with them a lengthy list of things they’d like to accomplish, from tax reform and a ban on vaccine mandates, to school funding and control over the materials that teachers use in Iowa’s classrooms.

We’re anxious to see where this session goes – what’s proposed, what’s discussed and what’s ultimately signed into law. But don’t be surprised if clear information about proposed legislation – especially in the Iowa Senate – is more difficult to come by this year. Last week, the Senate informed journalists that after nearly 150 years of being able to work from the floor of the chamber, they’ll now be restricted to the public gallery, which offers worse visibility, acoustics and access to lawmakers.

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