Lawmakers closed the 2017 legislative session putting the finishing touches on the fiscal year 2018 budget as well as addressing a $131 million state budget deficit in fiscal year 2017. While the state had a $900 million surplus just a few years ago, ...Read More »
Two bills have been sent to the Governor that allow school districts flexibility in using funds after they have met the obligations of their intended purpose. This would allow school districts to fill in some gaps in educational programming. Democrat ...Read More »
Democrats opened the 2017 Iowa Legislature ready to work together with the Republican-led majority to make progress for all Iowans again. But Republicans chose a different path this session. And Iowans noticed. Instead of working with us, Republican ...Read More »
Instead of raising wages, Republican lawmakers approved a bill this year to lower wages for 65,000 Iowans. After waiting for Iowa lawmakers to act for nearly a decade, four Iowa counties recently increased the minimum wage in their own communities to ...Read More »
There are limited resources for coverage of autism services for minors provided by the State of Iowa. The Autism Support Program provides payments for applied behavioral analysis treatment for autism spectrum disorder. However, the Program has strict ...Read More »
2017 Iowa Legislature: Closing Remarks By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) Thank you Madam Speaker. First, I want to thank the members of my caucus for sticking together this year and being a strong voice for the thousands of Iowan ...Read More »
WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr. 6 – Wed. Apr. 12, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 438 Housing Assistance from Veterans Trust Fund. States that money from the Veterans Trust Fund can be used for housing assistance inclu ...Read More »
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