Monday, July 16, 2018

New Laws Taking Effect July 1

Iowans should be aware of several changes we made to Iowa law beginning on July 1 that could impact their lives. Th ...

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K-12 School Aid Falls Short Again

K-12 School Aid Falls Short Again

For yet another year, Iowa’s public schools will endure low state funding and will be forced to raise class size and reduce new opportunities for students next year. When adjusted for inflation, public schools have received just a $33 per student inc ...

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GOP Tax Giveaways Favor Wealthy, Corporations

GOP Tax Giveaways Favor Wealthy, Corporations

On the last day of session, Republican lawmakers pushed through a $2.7 billion tax proposal that disproportionately benefits the wealthy and special interests. The bill came in spite of the fact the Governor and legislative leaders were forced to put ...

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Budget Mismanagement Leaves State with Cuts, Deficit

Budget Mismanagement Leaves State with Cuts, Deficit

Earlier in the year, Governor Reynolds signed $35 million of budget cuts in to law. These cuts to the services Iowans depend on and the state’s on-going budget crisis were the main reason that lawmakers went into overtime to close out the 2018 legisl ...

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2018 End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

2018 End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

2018 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith First, I want to thank the members of my caucus for sticking together this year and leading the fight for everyday Iowans. On behalf of my caucus, I want to thank the Ho ...

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Democratic Leaders Call on Governor to Expand Investigation of Iowa Finance Authority

Democratic Leaders Call on Governor to Expand Investigation of Iowa Finance Authority

The leaders of the Iowa House and Senate Democrats today called on Governor Kim Reynolds to expand the independent investigation of David Jamison and the Iowa Finance Authority. “The fallout from the firing of David Jamison should be a wakeup call to ...

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Prevention of School Lunch Food Shaming Becomes Law

Prevention of School Lunch Food Shaming Becomes Law

The Governor has signed into law a bill preventing practices that shamed students in school, if they could not pay their lunch debt. Iowa has become the ninth state to pass a law protecting children under these circumstances, and lawmakers in Louisia ...

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Governor Privately Signs Anti-Immigration “Sanctuary Cities” into Law

Governor Privately Signs Anti-Immigration “Sanctuary Cities” into Law

Last week, Governor Reynolds privately signed a controversial anti-immigration bill into law which takes effect July 1, 2018. While the bill is designed to ban so-called “sanctuary cities” in Iowa, there are no such cities in the state. The new law w ...

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