2015 Session Information

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Democrats Offer Medical Cannabis Plan in Final Days of Session

By |2016-04-25T19:05:25-05:00April 25th, 2016|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

DEMOCRATS: TIME FOR ACTION ON MEDICAL CANNABIS PLAN OFFERED TO ONE OF THE FINAL BILLS STILL ALIVE IN IOWA LEGISLATURE State Representative Bob Kressig, D-Cedar Falls, and State Representative John Forbes, D-Urbandale, offered a medical cannabis plan today on one of the few bills still alive this 2016 legislative session. “Iowans who suffer from conditions like [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, Making Public Schools 1st Again

By |2016-01-26T14:43:43-05:00January 26th, 2016|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|

The annual debate over public schools started up in the Iowa House again this week and Iowans will likely have a sense a déjà vu. Republicans in the House took a bill sent over from the Senate last year (Republicans are a year late following the law) and chopped the proposed new investment for public schools [...]

Schools Warn: Class Sizes Will Rise if State Investment Falls Short Again Next Year

By |2016-01-19T10:43:16-05:00January 19th, 2016|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

According to a new survey, over 90% of school administrators said another year of stagnant state funding would lead to higher class sizes in their own school. “Iowa’s local educators have told us, again, how underfunding local schools is limiting the opportunities of our state’s next generation. Underfunding education also undermines our state’s economic future, according [...]

REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO INVESTIGATE BRANSTAD’S $4.8 BILLION MEDICAID MESS

By |2015-11-24T09:54:18-05:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Health Care, Oversight|

Despite allegations of improper political influence, Rep. Bobby Kauffman and House Republicans are refusing to investigate Governor Branstad’s rush to privatize Iowa’s $4.8 billion Medicaid program. “It’s outrageous that Republicans refuse to investigate the Governor’s Medicaid mess.  At $4.8 billion, it’s the largest contract in state history and health care for 565,000 Iowans is on the [...]

Lawmakers Request Oversight Investigation on Misconduct in Medicaid Privatization

By |2015-10-30T13:43:04-05:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

After new allegations surfaced yesterday about improper political influence during the award process for privatizing the state’s Medicaid program, four Iowa lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee today requested the committee investigate the matter at a meeting on November 18th. “Yesterday, new allegations surfaced about improper political influence between Branstad officials and two former GOP lawmakers [...]

Now Hiring Communications Interns for 2016 Session

By |2015-10-01T13:03:24-05:00October 1st, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

Communications Internship Democratic Caucus – Iowa House of Representatives Description: Interns will work directly with Democratic members of the Iowa House of Representatives at the State Capitol in Des Moines during the legislative session. They will assist the communications director and deputy director in a variety of activities including: -Press release production and distribution -Media list [...]

Iowans Lose Education Funding and Mental Health Services because Republicans Ignore Call for Special Session

By |2015-07-30T12:02:47-05:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

With the new school year starting in a few weeks, Republican lawmakers ignored their constituents and refused the call for a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s reckless veto of $56 million for Iowa schools, university funding to prevent tuition increases, and the loss of urgently needed mental health services. “The compromises legislators reached had strong [...]

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