Monday, June 26, 2017

Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

Significant changes to the regulation of guns in Iowa were enacted by the legislature this session. Major reforms w ...

New Laws Taking Effect July 1

With the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, a host of new laws will take effect on July 1 relating to public hea ...

Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

The legislature made several changes to stop domestic abuse this session, including mandatory minimums for repeat o ...

Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

Significant criminal justice reform measures were passed by the legislature this year. Senate File 445 will bring t ...

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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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Republican Voter Suppression Bill Advances

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 this week. The legislation has been pushed by Republican lawmakers despite opposition from local election officials and voting rights adv ...

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