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: 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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Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 9 – Wed. Feb. 15, 2017

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

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 9 – Wed. Feb. 15, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Environmental Protection HF 202 DNR Cleanup Bill. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) bill. Transfers the duties of the solid waste alternatives program from th ...

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Republicans Reward Special Interests; Take Away Rights from Iowans

Republicans Reward Special Interests; Take Away Rights from Iowans

Republicans will stop at nothing to reward corporate special interests while ignoring the hard-working Iowans in their own districts. Thousands and thousands of Iowans have contacted us in person, by phone, and over email to voice their opposition to ...

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

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

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 2 – Wed. Feb. 8, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations SF 166          State Supplemental Aid (SSA).  Sets increase in state school funding in FY 2018 with an increase for SSA and Categorical fundi ...

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