Thursday, March 30, 2017

Surplus to Deficits — The GOP Budget Mess

Memo To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: Ma ...

Republican Voter Suppression Bill Advances

A controversial bill that will make it harder over for 200,000 Iowans to vote is expected to pass the Iowa House th ...

First Funnel 2017: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, March 3rd, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligi ...

Great Iowa Treasure Hunt; Do you have Unclaimed Property?

Every year, there are millions of dollars turned into the State Treasurer’s office as lost or abandoned property. T ...

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First Funnel 2017: List of Eligible Bills

First Funnel 2017: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, March 3rd, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the "funnel". While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House o ...

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Great Iowa Treasure Hunt; Do you have Unclaimed Property?

Great Iowa Treasure Hunt; Do you have Unclaimed Property?

Every year, there are millions of dollars turned into the State Treasurer’s office as lost or abandoned property. This property comes in the form of safe deposit box items, dormant financial accounts, unclaimed utility refunds, uncashed checks, stock ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 23 – Wed. Mar. 1, 2017

Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 23 – Wed. Mar. 1, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 23 – Wed. Mar 1, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 316         Des Moines Waterworks Dissolution. The bill mandates the elimination of local water boards in the Des Moines metro area, transfers ...

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Inside the Iowa House: Vouchers On the Way?

Inside the Iowa House: Vouchers On the Way?

According to the special interests running the show for Republicans at the State Capitol these days, the next priority of the Iowa Legislature will be vouchers that siphon funding from public schools and give it to home schools and private schools. T ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 16 – Wed. Feb. 22, 2017

Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 16 – Wed. Feb. 22, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 16 – Wed. Feb. 22, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HSB 86         Electrical Work on Farms.   The bill will allow any electrical work on a farm if the person doing the work is an owner, relative ...

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Seven Weeks in to Session, Republicans Still Breaking Promises to Create Jobs

Seven Weeks in to Session, Republicans Still Breaking Promises to Create Jobs

Today House and Senate Democratic Leaders pointed out that the Republicans in charge of state government continue to break promises to create jobs and increase family incomes. “In 2009, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds promised to create 2 ...

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Inside the Iowa House: The Special Interest Fix

Inside the Iowa House: The Special Interest Fix

  The last two weeks have been the most contentious in my 17 years in the Legislature.   In just 10 days, Republican lawmakers and Governor Branstad unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law. After watching the events unf ...

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