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Opening Day Remarks by House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

By |2018-01-09T14:27:49-05:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

2018 Legislative Session: Opening Day Comments Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith To watch the full video of Representative's Smith's remarks go to: https://www.facebook.com/representativemarksmith/videos/1548648385172057/ Thank you, Madam Speaker and good morning members of the Iowa House of Representatives. I especially want to welcome Representative Jon Jacobsen and Representative Phil Miller, who were elected in special elections [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, Excuses Won’t Fix Iowa’s Broken School Funding

By |2016-03-14T17:08:29-05:00March 14th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

We reached another important deadline in the Legislature this week designed to help us narrow down the bills eligible for debate as we close in on adjournment.  There are a few bills nearing consensus, but the major issues facing us – public school funding and Medicaid privatization -- are still being ignored by House Republicans. While [...]

Inside the Iowa House, The Governor Who Thought He Was King

By |2015-10-29T13:47:04-05:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

The Governor Who Thought He Was King Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. After 21 years in office, Governor Terry Branstad apparently doesn’t understand that. He is working over-time [...]

Iowans Lose Education Funding and Mental Health Services because Republicans Ignore Call for Special Session

By |2015-07-30T12:02:47-05:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

With the new school year starting in a few weeks, Republican lawmakers ignored their constituents and refused the call for a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s reckless veto of $56 million for Iowa schools, university funding to prevent tuition increases, and the loss of urgently needed mental health services. “The compromises legislators reached had strong [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 7-6-15

By |2015-07-27T10:20:47-05:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

Just before the July 4th holiday, Governor Branstad sent Iowa schools scrambling when he vetoed $56 million in urgently needed funding. It’s just the latest gut punch to K-12 schools and educators from Republicans at the State Capitol. First, they were forced to wait for over a year and a half to find out how much [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 6-15-15

By |2015-06-15T13:58:01-05:00June 15th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

Last week, we ended the 2015 legislative session and returned to our homes and communities.   The question everyone always asks is, “what will this session be known for?” The answer is simple: shortchanging our kids in the school funding crisis that carried on for 477 days. That means larger class sizes and fewer opportunities for [...]

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 [...]

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