The bicycle bill

News was crammed into the last few hours of the day here at the statehouse, so I'm still drafting the news story about a bill which cleared the Iowa Senate late today.  The bill deals with rules of the road for bycyclists and motorists.  UPDATE:  click on this link to read the story.

During a news conference earlier in the day, Rod Boshart of The Cedar Rapids Gazette asked a question:  "Will the House have time to take up this bicycle bill if the senate sends it to you?"

"What bicycle bill?" House Speaker Pat Murphy (D-Dubuque) replied.

"I think you answered my question," Boshart said. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Des Moines) offered a coda of sorts, using humor.  "We might do it in tandem."  The room was filled with groans and the groaning was led by Murphy.

"On that one, I think we're done," Murphy said to conclude the news conference.

Moments later, the top two Republican leaders in the Iowa Legislature held their weekly news conference.  "I apologize.  I've got a little bit of a cold I'm fighting," House GOP Leader Kraig Paulsen said to open. "I probably didn't get enough sleep last weekend."

That, of course, is a reference to last weekends marathon involving Murphy, the House voting machine & the "prevailing wage" bill.

UPDATE:  Listen to both news conferences — a link to the audio file/mp3 is at the bottom of this story.

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. What exactly is the bicycle bill?