Gaskill reflects on legislative session

The Iowa legislature adjourned for the session last week and while many issues were resolved, several important bills remained unpassed.

Representative Mary Gaskill serves on the Commission on Aging and was happy to see an Elder Abuse Bill pass. The law creates a process for obtaining protective orders for older Iowans who have suffered or could suffer abuse. The bill also lays out the responsibilities for a power of attorney.

"There's going to be education and that's what I think is so terribly important, so that people who are going to be a power of attorney for someone, they get some education about their responsibilities and what they have to do and what they can't do," Gaskill said.

Gaskill was also pleased lawmakers passed a tuition freeze.

However, the Democratic Representative said not enough was done for education this session. Both supplemental funding and the anti-bullying bill failed to pass.

Gaskill said she is already looking ahead to next year. One of her goals is to focus on a bill letting workers opt out of their payroll debit cards.