Smith details the legislative process at MHS

A government class at Marshalltown High School was able to hear from a legislator who put a face to their learning Monday morning.

Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, took advantage of a morning off from the session to talk to the students. Smith is in his seventh term in the Iowa House.

“It’s been a great honor to serve the people for the past 13 years,” Smith said.

When he began in the House, Smith said he represented 28,000 people. He now represents 30,163 people in Marshalltown, Liscomb, Albion and Green Mountain.

Smith talked about the process of a bill becoming a law in the state. Sandy Dale, substitute teacher for the class, said they invited Smith to correspond with what they were learning about how legislation gets passed.

“The students have been studying the process of a Congressional meeting and how bills are introduced and made into laws,” Dale said. “Students now have a better understanding of how Iowa government works.”

Smith was set to gavel in at the House in the afternoon and said this week will be heavy with floor discussion on bills that have already been passed in the Senate.

Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, will address the government class Friday morning.