2015 Session Information

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Deadline this Week for Local Legislators to Call for Special Session

By |2015-07-27T10:10:51-06:00July 27th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

Time is running out on Iowa legislators who have not yet joined the call for a special session to restore local school funding. As of Wednesday, July 22nd, 21 of Iowa’s 50 State Senators and 36 of Iowa’s 100 State Representatives have officially requested a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s veto of a bipartisan compromise [...]

House Democrats Call for Special Session to Make Educationg Iowa Kids a Priority Agian

By |2015-07-27T10:13:00-06:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education, Featured, Recent News|

Iowa House Democrats called for a special session today to override Governor Branstad’s veto of $56 million for k-12 schools and make educating Iowa students a top priority again. “For a year and a half, Republicans have failed to adequately fund education and left our schools in crisis. House Democrats are standing with parents, teachers, and [...]

Veto Proves K-12 Schools No Longer a Priority for Republicans

By |2015-07-02T17:14:46-06:00July 2nd, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Education, Featured|

Statement from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith on Branstad Veto of $56 million for k-12 Schools: With Governor Branstad’s veto today, Republicans have made clear our k-12 public schools are no longer a priority for them. After breaking the law for over a year while ignoring school leaders and parents, Republicans finally agreed to an additional [...]

New Laws Taking Effect July 1

By |2015-07-27T10:14:01-06:00July 1st, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

The 2015 legislative session ended in early June and now a host of new bills will take effect starting beginning July 1. Topping the list is several new laws that make progress to help working families, create jobs, and protect vulnerable Iowans. Some of the changes taking effect on July 1 include: Protecting Iowans Safe at [...]

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

By |2015-06-15T13:58:01-06:00June 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 [...]

End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

By |2015-06-09T08:52:02-06:00June 5th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|

2015 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Today, we end the 2015 session of the Iowa General Assembly and return to our homes and to our communities. Last January, I quoted Willa Cather in my opening remarks when she said, “Some things are learned in the calm and some things are learned [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-27-15

By |2015-05-27T11:13:17-06:00May 27th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|

The 2015 session is now a month in overtime and things are moving in the wrong direction. Just as thousands of high school seniors celebrate graduation, school leaders are still trying to plan for the upcoming school year now just three months away. Unfortunately, they still don’t know how much money they will receive from the [...]

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