Sunday, April 22, 2018

Protecting Iowa’s Veterans from Fraud

A bill was signed into law this week that would help protect Iowa’s veterans from fraud. The bill, Senate File 2200 ...

Additional Protections for Consumer Data Breaches Becomes Law

A bill that provides more protections for consumers that have their credit stolen became law recently. Senate File ...

State Budget Remains Uncertain

The scheduled date of adjournment has come and gone for the Iowa Legislature, but there is still a lot of work that ...

Iowa Lawmakers: Trump Administration Must Reverse Course on Tariffs, Trade War

Iowa Lawmakers: Trump Administration Must Reverse Course on Tariffs, Trade War Democratic lawmakers in the Iowa Hou ...

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Local Officials Survey: GOP Broken Promise on Backfill Will Lead to Higher Property Taxes, Cuts in Services

Local Officials Survey: GOP Broken Promise on Backfill Will Lead to Higher Property Taxes, Cuts in Services

 A new survey of local elected officials released today found Iowans will be facing higher property taxes and cuts in local services next year if Republicans enact their plan to end the state’s property tax backfill. “Our local elected officials are ...

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Trade War Could Devastate Iowa’s Ag Economy

Trade War Could Devastate Iowa’s Ag Economy

Iowans are deeply concerned about a looming trade war that could impact Iowa pork, soybeans, ethanol, and other agricultural exports. The President’s decision to impose $60 billion in tariffs caused the Chinese to in turn announce tariffs on American ...

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Bill Attempts to Improve School Security

Bill Attempts to Improve School Security

The House has agreed with the Senate language addressing school security plans, and the bill has been sent to the Governor. Under the legislation public and non-public schools would have to develop emergency operations plans no later than June 30, 20 ...

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Budget Cuts Signed into Law; Questions Remain at State House

Budget Cuts Signed into Law; Questions Remain at State House

As Governor Reynolds signed $35 million of budget cuts in to law this week, it is looking more and more likely that lawmakers will be working overtime to close out the 2018 legislative session. Since the budget has been in deficit for two years in a ...

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Senate Begins Work on New Voucher Plan

Senate Begins Work on New Voucher Plan

The Iowa Senate has begun work on a new bill that would shift hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars from public schools to private schools. The bill creates a new voucher program that would give $4,000 in state tax dollars for students to use at p ...

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Winter Energy Bill Assistance Ends April 1

Winter Energy Bill Assistance Ends April 1

With the winter season coming to an end, some Iowans who are experiencing hardships may have their utilities shut off as the Iowa's winter moratorium law ends April 1. The moratorium protects eligible Iowans who are certified under the Low-Income Ene ...

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2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 22 – Wed. March 28

2018 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 22 – Wed. March 28

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 22 – Wed. March 28, 2018 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations SF 2117       De-Appropriations. The agreed to de-appropriations budget reductions from the House Majority Party cut a total of $35.4 million fr ...

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