2015 Session Information

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Weekly Bill Tracking May 14-May 20

By |2015-05-21T14:13:15-05:00May 21st, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. May 14 – Wed. May 20, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Department of Agriculture (Signed; effective 7-1-15)   Appropriations HF 664         K-12 School Supplemental Aid FY 2017. Provides SSA at 2.00% [...]

Weekly Bill Tracking May 7-May 13

By |2015-05-14T10:45:26-05:00May 14th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. May 7 – Wed. May 13, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Appropriations HF 648         Medicaid Special Needs Trusts.  Allows for additional distributions from a Medicaid Special Needs Trust.  (passed House 99-0) to Senate Appropriations Committee HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. As amended by the Senate spends $79.9 million [...]

Keeping Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes Open

By |2015-05-18T14:13:21-05:00May 13th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

Earlier this year, the Governor started a proposal of closing two of Iowa’s four Mental Health Institutes (MHI) without legislative input or approval. Already, some employees have received termination notices and patients are no longer being accepted at the MHI’s. The Clarinda MHI provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services through its Acute Psychiatric [...]

Weekly Bill Tracking April 30-May 5

By |2015-05-07T14:26:17-05:00May 7th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr. 30 – Wed. May 6, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Was Facilities. Tightens regulations on livestock truck washes by moving them into the animal feeding operations code section (signed; effective 7-1-15)   Appropriations HF 637         Transportation Budget.  The transportation budget bill spends [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-5-15

By |2015-05-06T08:38:24-05:00May 6th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

The 2015 session moves in to overtime this week with no end in sight.  The last scheduled day of session was last Friday, May 1st, but there are still a lot of issues to be resolved.   The delay is largely the result of gridlock from House Republicans, who are now at odds with their own [...]

Weekly Bill Tracking April 23-April 29

By |2015-04-30T16:02:43-05:00April 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. April 23– Wed. April 29, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 650         Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure (RIIF) Budget. A total of $198.7 million is appropriated from RIIF, including $114.4 million in new money for FY 16. There is an ending balance of $202,001. The bill spends no money from the Technology Reinvestment [...]

COMING UP TODAY: Will Republicans put aside DC politics and end the school funding crisis?

By |2015-04-30T12:59:27-05:00April 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education|

As schools hand out the final pink slips to teachers across Iowa today, Democrats said they will give House Republicans another chance to compromise and resolve the school funding crisis with a vote in the Iowa House this afternoon. “We’re going to give House Republicans another chance to put aside the DC politics and resolve the [...]

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