Several new laws will hit the books on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year, here just a few highlights: $17 million to help local businesses expand and bring new jobs to Iowa (House File 604) $66 million for the skilled worker job creation fund to help Iowans upgrade work skills, fill key [...]
Here is an update with latest numbers on affordable healthcare expansion in Iowa. Democrats are supporting Medicaid expansion but the proposed Republican plan covers fewer and costs more.
This week marks the second self-imposed deadline in the Legislature that winnows the number of bills still eligible for debate and move toward adjournment for the year. Except for bills dealing with taxes and appropriations, the only bills still eligible for debate this year have been approved by a House and Senate Committees. Here is the [...]
The Iowa Legislature's first funnel is over and hundreds of bills are dead this week. Except for bills dealing with taxes and appropriations, the only bills still eligible for debate this year have been approved by a House or Senate Committee. Here is the full list of bills still alive by committee. It includes bills [...]
Iowa Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme agenda in Iowa history. Fortunately, many pieces of their extreme agenda are dead and here are the highlights: Republicans on Education: Abolishing the Iowa Department of Education (SF 336) Exempting home school students from all compulsory education and competent private instruction requirements (SF 277) Divisive Social Issues: [...]
This week, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline we use to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Senate Committee this week is dead for the year. The bills we need to build [...]
State Representative Helen Miller of Ft. Dodge joined a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters at the Capitol this week encouraging legislators to improve breast cancer screenings. “My thanks to the breast cancer survivors who shared their stories with legislators today and are working to get this bill passed,” said Miller. “This bill will help [...]