Despite allegations of improper political influence, Rep. Bobby Kauffman and House Republicans are refusing to investigate Governor Branstad’s rush to privatize Iowa’s $4.8 billion Medicaid program. “It’s outrageous that Republicans refuse to investigate the Governor’s Medicaid mess. At $4.8 billion, it’s the largest contract in state history and health care for 565,000 Iowans is on the [...]
Background After news articles found there were a number of state employees laid-off and secret settlements were paid, the Governor signed executive order 85 to seek more transparency and accountability in how his own administration handles employee settlements. The House Government Oversight Committee considered this bill before the committee had a clear picture of the events [...]
Iowa Governor Chet Culver today signed a bill that will impose new restrictions on campaign advertisements. The law will keep anonymous campaign advertisements paid for by big corporations, foreign businesses and shadow organizations, out of Iowa voters’ mailboxes and airwaves. The legislation comes after Citizens United v. FEC, a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed corporate [...]
In an effort to protect victims of domestic violence, Governor Culver signed a bill to prevent persons who are the subject of a protective order or convicted of domestic abuse from owning a gun. Senate File 2357, which was requested by Iowa judges and law enforcement officials, puts federal law into the Iowa code to make it [...]
Fiscal responsibility and balancing the state budget were the top priorities of the Legislative Council that met today at the State Capitol in Des Moines. “Just as families are forced to tighten their belts, state government and the Legislature are no different. We will do our part by cutting over 10% from the Legislature’s budget next [...]
State Representative Vicki Lensing, C0-Chair of the Government Oversight Committee, joined Iowa Governor Chet Culver at a news conference today to outline the first steps the Legislature will take to prevent another abuse case like Henry’s Turkey Service in Atalissa. Governor Culver convened a task force to report back to him by April 1, but the task force has [...]
Photo by Des Moines Register Members of the House Oversight Committee questioned state agencies regarding the deplorable conditions at an Atalissa "bunkhouse" for employees at a West Liberty turkey processing plant. State Representative Kurt Swaim of Bloomfield is pictured at the left. The story by the Des Moines Register can be found here.