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House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 4-21-15

By |2015-04-21T16:02:04-06:00April 21st, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

Despite our efforts to compromise, the school funding crisis hit another unfortunate milestone this week as schools were forced to set their budget for the upcoming school year without knowing how much money they will get from the state. Iowans are just beginning to learn about the devastating results of the legislative stalemate from pink slips [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 3-24-15

By |2015-03-24T14:19:18-06:00March 24th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

  We’re just over half way through the 2015 session.   As you may have heard, the biggest challenge we face is the school funding crisis. Since session began in January, school officials and parents have been telling us the Republican plan to underfund our schools (1.25% increase in basic school aid) means larger class sizes, [...]

Opening Day Remarks by House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

By |2015-01-13T17:36:16-06:00January 12th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

2015 Legislative Session: Opening Day Comments Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Good morning Mr. Speaker. Good morning distinguished members of the Iowa House. Let me welcome the new members of this body and welcome back all of you who have served before. First, let me say I’m humbled to be leader of the House Democratic [...]

Close of the 2014 Session, Missed Opportunities for the Middle Class

By |2014-05-02T10:57:11-06:00May 2nd, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

Iowa lawmakers wrapped up the 2014 legislative session today and made some progress this year to grow Iowa’s middle class. Working together, the legislature continued key job training initiatives and expanded apprenticeship opportunities to boost our skilled workforce and help Iowans land a good job. They also were able to freeze tuition at our state universities [...]

End of Session Remarks by House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

By |2014-05-02T10:23:57-06:00May 2nd, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Today marks the end of my first legislative session as Democratic Leader. I want to begin by saying that every day I have appreciated this great honor. Further, I want to thank the members of my caucus; I could not be more proud of the work we did this session. I also [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 4-22-14

By |2014-04-23T09:51:30-06:00April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Recent News|Tags: , , , |

  The 2014 legislative session is scheduled to end Tuesday, April 22nd but it's unlikely we'll finish up on time this year. The pressure for adjournment will ramp up significantly this week because the pay for legislators also stops on Tuesday, which means we’ll be working on our own dime until we adjourn for the year.  [...]

Iowa Lawmakers: No Dues Have Been Paid to ALEC

By |2014-01-21T10:57:50-06:00January 21st, 2014|Categories: 2014 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) said today the Iowa Legislature has not paid dues to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) since 2011.  The letter is the second sent by Rep. Smith after ALEC officials claimed that the Iowa Legislature joined ALEC “as a single body.” “ALEC’s assertion that the Iowa Legislature is a [...]

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