Friday, April 28, 2017

Insurance Autism Coverage Approved

There are limited resources for coverage of autism services for minors provided by the State of Iowa. The Autism Su ...

2017 Legislative Session Ends with Disappointment for Working Iowans

Iowa lawmakers wrapped up the 2017 legislative session early Saturday morning on April 22nd, with many concerns ign ...

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 ...

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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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Sign the Petition: Stop Shortchanging Our Public Schools

Sign the Petition: Stop Shortchanging Our Public Schools

Republican lawmakers at the State Capitol are fast tracking their bill to shortchange public schools. They just don't want to listen to Iowans. They’ve proposed just a 1.1% increase next year. That's even less than the 2% recommended by the Governor. ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking,  Thurs. Jan 26 – Wed. Feb 1, 2017

Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Jan 26 – Wed. Feb 1, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Jan 26 – Wed. Feb 1, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations HF 136         State Supplemental Aid (SSA).  The bill provides a total in state school funding in FY 2018 with an increase for SSA and Catego ...

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Inside the Iowa House:  Iowans Pay for Republican Budget Mess

Inside the Iowa House: Iowans Pay for Republican Budget Mess

The first order of business this session for Governor Branstad and Republican lawmakers is fixing the state budget deficit they created this year with over $117 million in state budget cuts. Their mid-year budget cuts include an $18 million cut to Io ...

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Monica Kurth Wins Special Election in HD 89

Monica Kurth Wins Special Election in HD 89

Democrat Monica Kurth won big in today's House District 89 special election. The seat was vacated when Rep. Jim Lykam won a December 27th senate special election. Kurth defeated Republican candidate Mike Gonzales 72% to 27% in the west Davenport dist ...

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FACT CHECK: Failed GOP Policies Led to Deficit, Budget Cuts

FACT CHECK: Failed GOP Policies Led to Deficit, Budget Cuts

Over the last six years, legislative Republicans have touted budget “principles” in an effort to convince Iowans they are responsible stewards of tax dollars. However, as the state faces a $110 million deficit, Republicans have consistently violated ...

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