Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Opening Day Remarks by House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

2018 Legislative Session: Opening Day Comments Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith To watch the full video of R ...

State Officials Raise Legal Questions on Reynolds Borrowing Plan

Des Moines, Iowa – In a letter sent to lawmakers and the Governor today, State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald raised new ...

Lawmaker Calls for Special Audit of FY 2017

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Chris Hall (D-Sioux City), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Commi ...

Memo to Reporters: Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

MEMO To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: Se ...

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New Changes to Iowa’s Natural Resources

New Changes to Iowa’s Natural Resources

This year, the Legislature worked on many bills relating to Iowa’s natural resources. One piece of legislation gives the State Forest Nursery more flexibility in pricing the seeds and plants they sell. The nursery provides good-quality native plant m ...

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New Student Assessment Approval Process

New Student Assessment Approval Process

The Department of Education is required to issue a new bid process for the assessment that Iowa will use in public schools, and the State Board of Education will evaluate and make a decision on which test to implement. The new law approved this year ...

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Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward

Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward

In a surprise ending, the Legislature passed language that will allow persons with a valid registration card to get cannabidiol with a THC level of not more than 3% in Iowa. This was done as a next step to Iowa’s current Medical Cannabidiol Act, whic ...

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Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace

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, firefighters, law enforcement, and other working Iowans having a voice in their own workplace this year. Written behind closed doors without ...

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Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect

Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect

Breast cancer affects every Iowan in different ways. According to the American Cancer Society, finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast ca ...

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New Changes for Voting Iowans

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’s elections this legislative session. The changes include shortening the voting window and requiring a photo ID to vote. The legislati ...

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Cost Saving Construction Measures Now Banned

Cost Saving Construction Measures Now Banned

Local governments ability to screen contractors and control costs on large projects are now banned after action taken by Republican lawmakers this year. After the new law, government entities are no longer allowed to have bidders for public contracts ...

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