2012 Session Information

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New Laws Hit the Books on July 1

By |2012-06-26T12:57:38-05:00June 26th, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

Several new laws will hit the books on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. Below are a few new laws Iowans should be aware of  that could impact their lives. Some of the changes taking effect on July 1 include: High Quality Jobs – $15 million for a new initiative to help [...]

Republican War on Women Continues

By |2012-06-21T07:51:53-05:00June 21st, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Featured, Members in the News, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

Republicans won't give up their divisive, extreme agenda. This time they are targeting low-income women who are victims of rape and incest. Rep. Lisa Heddens of Ames: "Look who it's going to affect: low-income women who are seeking medical attention for situations of rape and incest," Heddens told HuffPost. "You are re-victimizing the woman who is [...]

"Funnel" Deadline: What's still alive?

By |2012-02-27T15:15:48-05:00February 27th, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

Last week marked the halfway point of the 2012 session. With the Legislature’s first self-imposed “funnel” deadline last Friday, bills that were not approved by a House or Senate committee this week are “dead” for the year unless they are budget, taxation or oversight bills. Agriculture List of Eligible Bills HF 481          Certain commodity check-offs not [...]

Republican Education Plans Fail Iowa Students

By |2012-02-10T11:11:19-05:00February 10th, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , |

House Democrats said new budget documents released today show House Republicans aren’t interested in growing Iowa’s skilled workforce or education reform efforts. “The Republican education budget is a failure for Iowa students and the future of our economy,” said House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines. “Now more than ever, the strength of Iowa’s economy [...]

Republicans Pull the Plug on Job Creation

By |2012-02-02T15:50:54-05:00February 2nd, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Budget, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

House Republicans released their budget for the 2013 year and it hits the state's job creation efforts and education especially hard.  Here's the response from House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy: The Republican budget will pull the plug on our job creation efforts next year.  House Democrats are committed to strengthening our economy and growing the middle [...]

House Approves National Guard Tuition Assistance

By |2012-01-26T12:33:14-05:00January 26th, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Featured, Recent News, Veterans|Tags: , , , |

The Iowa House approved a bipartisan bill today to prevent a tuition hike on National Guard members who are back in college this year. Last week, House Democrats pushed Republicans to approve the bill quickly and end the uncertainty for National Guard students.  The bill was approved by the Senate last week and now goes to [...]

Democrats Urge Quick Action on National Guard Tuition Help

By |2012-01-17T16:11:14-05:00January 17th, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Budget, Featured, Public Safety, Recent News, Veterans|Tags: , , , , , , |

House Democrats today encouraged Republicans to take quick action on two bills to prevent tuition hikes on national guard members and improve safety at Iowa’s correctional institutions. “House Democrats are ready to take swift action this week and stop the tuition hike on national guard members. We are ready to work with Republicans and get the [...]

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