Monday, June 26, 2017

Category: 2013 Session Information

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  • Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

    Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

    Significant changes to the regulation of guns in Iowa were enacted by the legislature this session. Major reforms were made to the purchasing, carrying, and use of firearms - speci ...

  • New Laws Taking Effect July 1

    New Laws Taking Effect July 1

    With the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, a host of new laws will take effect on July 1 relating to public health, workforce, and public safety. Lawmakers took action this ses ...

  • Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

    Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created...

    The legislature made several changes to stop domestic abuse this session, including mandatory minimums for repeat offenses of domestic abuse and better tracking and monitoring of a ...

  • Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

    Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

    Significant criminal justice reform measures were passed by the legislature this year. Senate File 445 will bring the penalties for crack cocaine offenses more in line with powder ...

New Laws Hit the Books July 1

New Laws Hit the Books July 1

Several new laws will hit the books on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year, here just a few highlights: $17 million to help local businesses expand and bring new jobs ...

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Know the Facts on Affordable Healthcare Expansion

Know the Facts on Affordable Healthcare Expansion

Here is an update with latest numbers on affordable healthcare expansion in Iowa. Democrats are supporting Medicaid expansion but the proposed Republican plan covers fewer and cos ...

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Second Funnel: Bills Still Eligable for Debate

Second Funnel: Bills Still Eligable for Debate

This week marks the second self-imposed deadline in the Legislature that winnows the number of bills still eligible for debate and move toward adjournment for the year. Except for ...

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1st Funnel List: Bills Still Alive

1st Funnel List: Bills Still Alive

The Iowa Legislature's first funnel is over and hundreds of bills are dead this week.   Except for bills dealing with taxes and appropriations, the only bills still eligible for d ...

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Extreme Republican Agenda Dead

Extreme Republican Agenda Dead

Iowa Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme agenda in Iowa history. Fortunately, many pieces of their extreme agenda are dead and here are the highlights: Republicans on ...

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Middle-Class Agenda Moves Ahead

Middle-Class Agenda Moves Ahead

This week, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline we use to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget ...

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Rep. Miller Joins Cancer Survivors to Push for Better Breast Cancer Screening

Rep. Miller Joins Cancer Survivors to Push for Better Breast Cancer Screening

State Representative Helen Miller of Ft. Dodge joined a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters at the Capitol this week encouraging legislators to improve breast cancer s ...

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