2017 Session Information

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Legislative Democrats alarmed by potential impact of deep, mid-year budget cuts

By |2017-01-24T08:47:46-05:00January 24th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Budget, Featured, Recent News|

Legislative Democrats alarmed by potential impact of deep, mid-year budget cuts Sharp cuts by legislative Republicans threaten public safety, education and human services Democratic leaders of the Iowa House and Senate raised concerns about the impact of deep, mid-year budget cuts proposed today by legislative Republicans. Senator Joe Bolkcom, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, [...]

Superintendent Survey: Continued Underfunding Will Result in Higher Class Sizes, Teacher Layoffs in Iowa Schools

By |2017-01-20T13:51:46-05:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of them will be forced to raise class size, cut teachers, and reduce opportunities for students if lawmakers approve a 2% or lower increase in basic school funding. “Nearly every school leader surveyed said the state has invested too little to make sure our kids [...]

2017 Session: Opening Day Remarks

By |2017-01-09T12:02:03-05:00January 9th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

2017 Session Opening Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Thank you, Madam Speaker. Let me begin my remarks with a humble congratulations to you and your colleagues because the voters of Iowa have entrusted you with the governance of this state. I like the scripture in Isaiah that says, “He gives power to those who [...]

Inside the Iowa House: Trouble Ahead at Iowa Statehouse

By |2017-01-08T13:28:17-05:00January 8th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Recent News|

Warning: Trouble Ahead at Iowa Statehouse The 2017 Legislative session starts on Monday and Iowans should know there’s trouble ahead. Swept into office with political outsider Trump, Iowa Republicans now control every branch of state government. While many Iowans are tuned into DC, the situation here at the State Capitol should is just as alarming. Republicans [...]

House Democrats Select 2017 Committee Assignments

By |2016-12-20T09:36:13-05:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

House Democratic Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown today announced committee assignments and appointed the Ranking Members of House Committees for the 2017 legislative session. “House Democrats have assembled a strong team to lead committees and keep the 2017 session focused on improving the lives of regular Iowans and building a strong middle class,” said Smith. The [...]

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