2011 Session Information

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Court Knocks Down Branstad Veto That Closed 36 Job Centers

By |2011-12-09T09:57:52-05:00December 9th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Featured, Jobs & Economy, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Iowans looking for work won a big victory today when a district court ruled Governor Terry Branstad’s veto closing down 36 workforce centers across Iowa was unconstitutional. “After working together across party lines last session to make sure Iowans who need help finding a job could get it, I’m pleased the court overturned Governor Branstad’s veto [...]

2011 New Laws Starting July 1st

By |2011-07-12T09:01:00-05:00July 12th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

A number of new laws will go into effect on July 1, the start of the state’s fiscal year. Several changes were made during the 2011 legislative session that will affect Iowans, including the end of the one year warning grace period for texting while driving and tougher enforcement for driving a boat while under the [...]

2011 Legislature Finally Adjourns

By |2011-06-30T14:51:49-05:00June 30th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

After Republicans finally agreed to compromise, the 2011 Iowa Legislature finally adjourned on the 172nd day of session.  It was the third longest session in Iowa history. Here's the statement from House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy: House Republicans spent too much time focusing on divisive social issues – which brought Iowa to the brink of a [...]

Republican 600 Page Bill 'Irresponsable', Dems Call for Public Input & Review

By |2011-06-06T14:08:45-05:00June 6th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Budget, Featured, Recent News|

House Democrats called for a public hearing today to give Iowans time to read the 600 page Republican budget bill. “This bill is the largest in Iowa history, spending over $25 billion, and Iowans deserve time to review it and give us input,” said State Representative Tyler Olson, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Spending [...]

Nuclear Energy Debate Scheduled for Today

By |2011-04-26T10:08:04-05:00April 26th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Environment, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

Today the Iowa House is scheduled to debate whether Iowa should build a nuclear energy plant. House File 561 establishes the regulatory construct and regulatory certainty that is needed for Iowa to attract the significant capital required for a nuclear facility. Read the Bill Summary here and the Amendment Summary here.

Branstad Vetoes Help for Middle Class, Main Street

By |2011-04-21T15:55:41-05:00April 21st, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Budget, Featured, Recent News|

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad item vetoed key priorities of Democrats today that would help Iowa's 64,000 small businesses and 240,000 working families.  Those ideas were included in Senate File 209 and were approved by both the House and Senate on unanimous votes.  The top Democrat on the House Appropriations, Rep. Tyler Olson, release the following statement after [...]

Rep. Swaim Tears Up Paycheck in Protest

By |2011-04-12T09:55:20-05:00April 12th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

Recently the Iowa Legislature gave the governor the ability to transfer money and pay more than $6 million in unpaid bills  that would cover state costs owed to public defenders and private attorneys under contract to provide legal services for indigent defendants. Indigent defendants are employed by the government to represent those who are charged with [...]

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