Heartsill has also heard from employers that they are reluctant to add positions or otherwise grow their businesses, due to the uncertainty of regulations from the 2010 federal health care law. This unease in the private sector can hinder economic growth.
As has been reported, Heartsill has rolled out a new agenda to try to improve the state. When asked if he has many legislators backing his proposal, Heartsill said most legislators are remaining quiet about what they will and will not support. Meanwhile, he is collecting necessary research, to support his proposals, before pushing them much further.
This is Heartsill's second session in the House, and he will be up for reelection in November 2014. When one looks at the bills he sponsored in his freshman year, 2013 (https://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?category=billinfo&service=dspldata&var=hspo&cfid=12359&GA=85) the conservatism he espoused during the 2012 campaign can be seen.
Heartsill said he intends to continue to support respect for life, gun rights and other conservative principles, but he also recognizes that the Legislature is split, with Democrats narrowly controlling the Senate. He will continue to try to find common ground when he can, to advance legislation and keep working with his Democratic colleagues to get things accomplished in the House.