Sunday, May 28, 2017

Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace

Despite objections from thousands of Iowans, Republicans at the State Capitol unraveled 40 years of teachers, firef ...

Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect

Breast cancer affects every Iowan in different ways. According to the American Cancer Society, finding breast cance ...

New Changes for Voting Iowans

Voters in Iowa will have more hurdles and less time to vote after Republican lawmakers approved new changes to Iowa ...

Cost Saving Construction Measures Now Banned

Local governments ability to screen contractors and control costs on large projects are now banned after action tak ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 30 – Wed. Apr. 5, 2017

Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 30 – Wed. Apr. 5, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 30 – Wed. Apr. 5, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 617         IDALS Code Cleanup.  Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship code cleanup legislation.  (passed House 97-0) to Senat ...

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Second Funnel: List of Bills

Second Funnel: List of Bills

On Friday, March 31, the Legislature hit the second 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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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 23 – Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 23 – Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 23 – Wed. Mar. 29, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture SF 362          Animal Pathogens on Fairgrounds.  A state or county fair is not liable for damages for death of a livestock from a pathogen oc ...

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Surplus to Deficits — The GOP Budget Mess

Surplus to Deficits — The GOP Budget Mess

Memo To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: March 29, 2017 Re: Surplus to Deficit -- The GOP Budget Mess As the Legislature approaches adjournment next month, lawmakers will be turn ...

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

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

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 16 – Wed. Mar. 22, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture SF 447          CAFO Nuisance Excemption.  Creates a permanent nuisance category for confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and caps damag ...

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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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