Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 Iowa Legislature: Closing Remarks

2017 Iowa Legislature: Closing Remarks By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) Thank you Madam Speak ...

Second Funnel: List of Bills

On Friday, March 31, the Legislature hit the second self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligi ...

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 ...

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Inside the Iowa House: Special Interests First

Inside the Iowa House: Special Interests First

The 2017 Iowa Legislature just passed the halfway mark. What we’ve learned so far from the Republican majority is deeply troubling. Instead of focusing on the priorities of Iowans, they are passing the priorities of the special interests. They aren’t ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 9 – Wed. Mar. 15, 2017

Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 9 – Wed. Mar. 15, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 9 – Wed. Mar. 15, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 440         Extension Council Expense Reports.  HF 440 Provides extension councils an additional month to prepare expense reports. (passed H ...

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Republican Voter Suppression Bill Advances

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 this week. The legislation has been pushed by Republican lawmakers despite opposition from local election officials and voting rights adv ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 2 – Wed. Mar. 8, 2017

Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 2 – Wed. Mar. 8, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 2 – Wed. Mar. 8, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture HF 469         Soil and Water Commissioner Election.  Allows that two of five soil and water conservation commissioners may reside in the same township ...

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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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