2018 Session Information

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New Laws Taking Effect July 1

By |2018-06-28T13:18:26-05:00June 27th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

Iowans should be aware of several changes we made to Iowa law beginning on July 1 that could impact their lives. This year, we worked together to expand the mental health system in Iowa, protect victims of gas pump and ATM skimming devices, and took a first step on combating Iowa’s growing opioid abuse. Some of [...]

Inside the Iowa House: The Truth About the GOP Tax Bill

By |2018-06-01T14:12:31-05:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Recent News|

In the closing hours of the 2018 session, Republicans rushed through a massive $2.8 billion tax bill with little time to let anyone review the bill or get input from Iowans.  This week, Governor Reynolds signed the bill in to law. Before session began, House Democrats developed three key principles to guide our work on any [...]

Continuing to Support Iowa’s Veterans

By |2018-05-15T15:13:41-05:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

This year, the Iowa Legislature continued to thank and support Iowa’s veterans and their families for the services and sacrifices they’ve made for our state and country. Several bills were passed and sent to the Governor this session that will assist veterans across Iowa. One bill that was signed into law will increase the amount of [...]

Legislature Creates More Protections for Consumers

By |2018-05-15T15:10:06-05:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

Iowa lawmakers enacted several new consumer protections this year, including credit security freezes and “skimming” devices attached to gas pumps and ATM’s. Senate File 2177 gives consumers that seek credit freezes more options. The bill prohibits fees from being charged for placing, removing, suspending, or reinstating any security freeze. The bill also creates new procedures to [...]

Retirement Systems in Iowa Remain Strong

By |2018-05-15T15:04:40-05:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

Iowa currently maintains four retirement systems in the state for Iowans who work in various careers such as police officers, firefighters, and teachers. Even before session began, lawmakers have been working to make sure Iowans have a strong retirement system. Throughout the legislative session lawmakers on the committee tasked with monitoring the public retirement systems met [...]

REAP Funded at Lowest Level in Over a Decade

By |2018-05-15T15:15:20-05:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

The Resource Enhancement and Protection fund, commonly referred to as REAP, was funded at $12 million in the Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources budget this year. The legislature directed $2 million of this funding, though, to state parks. When this $2 million “scoop” of REAP funding is accounted for, REAP actually receives $10 million this [...]

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