Friday, March 27, 2015

Budget Panel Optimistic About Iowa Economy

A non-partisan group of budget experts met last week and they continue to be optimistic about Iowa’s economy, with ...

Protecting Local Pharmacies & Keeping Prescriptions Affordable

The House unanimously passed a bill to give the Insurance Commissioner explicit authority to investigate and impose ...

2015 First Funnel: Bills that are Still Alive

Last week, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline we use to narrow the number of bills still eligible ...

Statement from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City on Republican Education Plans

"Today is a sad day for public education and teachers across Iowa. House Republicans finally put all of their cards ...

Fifty Percent of Seats in Democratic Caucus Held by Women

The House Democrats are pleased to have almost fifty percent of the caucus made up by women for the 2015 Legislativ ...

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Budget Panel Optimistic About Iowa Economy

Budget Panel Optimistic About Iowa Economy

A non-partisan group of budget experts met last week and they continue to be optimistic about Iowa’s economy, with job growth improving and unemployment claims down. For the current fiscal year (2015), the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) expects ...

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Matson Announces Campaign for State Legislature

Matson Announces Campaign for State Legislature

Experienced organizer will bring new leadership to House District 38 Ankeny resident Heather Matson has announced that she will run for House District 38 in the 2016 elections. Matson is a long-time advocate, organizer, and public policy expert who l ...

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House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 3-24-15

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 3-24-15

  We’re just over half way through the 2015 session.   As you may have heard, the biggest challenge we face is the school funding crisis. Since session began in January, school officials and parents have been telling us the Republican plan to un ...

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Protecting Local Pharmacies & Keeping Prescriptions Affordable

Protecting Local Pharmacies & Keeping Prescriptions Affordable

The House unanimously passed a bill to give the Insurance Commissioner explicit authority to investigate and impose sanctions on pharmacy benefits managers who do not follow the reporting law. Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs) act as a pharmaceutical ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking, March 12- March 18

Weekly Bill Tracking, March 12- March 18

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 12 – Wed. Mar. 18, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 578         Observation of Investigation. An owner of a property cannot be prohibited from observing an investigation and taking pictures o ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking, March 5 – March 11

Weekly Bill Tracking, March 5 – March 11

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 5 – Wed. Mar. 11, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 574         E-15 infrastructure expansion. Expands the renewable fuel infrastructure program by allowing infrastructure that supports E-15 b ...

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2015 First Funnel: Bills that are Still Alive

2015 First Funnel: Bills that are Still Alive

Last week, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline we use to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the funnel. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Sena ...

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