2017 Session Information

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State Officials Raise Legal Questions on Reynolds Borrowing Plan

By |2017-09-29T11:18:12-05:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Budget, Featured, Recent News|

Des Moines, Iowa – In a letter sent to lawmakers and the Governor today, State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald raised new questions about Governor Kim Reynolds’ plan to borrow from the state’s economic emergency fund to close the state’s books. State Representative Chris Hall, D-Sioux City & Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, called on the [...]

Lawmaker Calls for Special Audit of FY 2017

By |2017-09-26T11:45:42-05:00September 26th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Budget, Featured, Recent News|

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Chris Hall (D-Sioux City), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today sent a letter to State Auditor Mary Mosiman requesting a special audit on the closing of the 2017 Fiscal Year (FY). “On June 30th, the state was $104 million short of closing the books with a balanced budget. [...]

Statement & Questions GOP Must Answer on State Budget Crisis

By |2017-09-20T11:35:02-05:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Budget, Recent News|

Statement & Questions GOP Must Answer on State Budget Crisis From Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee "For the third time this year, Gov. Reynolds is making Iowans pay for borrowed money and corporate tax giveaways. The numbers don't add up. The state was $104 million short on June 30 and only $14.6 [...]

Memo to Reporters: Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

By |2017-09-19T15:40:40-05:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

MEMO To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: September 19, 2017 Re: Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess While the state’s fiscal year ended back in June, lawmakers are still waiting to see if Gov. Reynolds will be forced to call us back into [...]

Major Tort Reforms Passed by Legislature

By |2017-04-26T10:32:52-05:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

Several changes to how Iowan’s seek relief in the courts passed the Legislature this session. Major reforms were made to medical malpractice suits, suing for defects in property, and for those seeking relief from asbestos related illnesses. One bill approved will impose caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases of $250,000. Noneconomic damages include pain [...]

Legislature Passes Sobriety 24/7 Program to Target Drunk Drivers

By |2017-04-26T10:28:12-05:00June 26th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

In an effort to prevent repeat drunk driving offenders, a new program commonly called Sobriety 24/7 passed the legislature this year. The program requires anyone convicted of a criminal offense where alcohol was a contributing factor, including certain Operating While Intoxicated Offenses, to test at least twice daily for alcohol or controlled substances. A court or [...]

Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

By |2017-04-26T10:23:43-05:00June 22nd, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

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 - specifically handguns. House File 517 makes the permit to buy handguns valid for five years. Under current law, the permit is valid for just one year. This [...]

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