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

By |2015-04-21T16:02:04-05:00April 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, 5-8-14

By |2014-05-08T12:40:53-05:00May 8th, 2014|Categories: Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

After a few days of overtime, the 2014 legislative session wrapped up work in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 1st.   As I expressed on opening day, I had hoped that this legislative session would improve public schools and early childhood education, create a better environment for quality jobs, and reduce taxes for families [...]

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

By |2014-04-23T09:51:30-05:00April 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.  [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 1-17-14

By |2014-01-17T16:43:05-05:00January 17th, 2014|Categories: Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

The 2014 Legislative Session started this week and House Democrats are ready to work together and strengthen Iowa’s middle class this year.   Building a strong middle class starts with education and it matches our great history of excellence in education.  The covered wagons were barely unloaded and the sod barely plowed when Iowans established country [...]

Watch Opening Day Remarks From House Leader Mark Smith

By |2014-01-13T12:40:01-05:00January 13th, 2014|Categories: Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here is House Democratic Leader Mark Smith's Opening Day Remarks: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. And thank you to House Democrats who have given me this opportunity to serve as your leader. Last week, I celebrated living on this earth for 62 years and all of those 62 years have been in Iowa. This is the land [...]

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