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Konfrst Elected As Iowa House Minority Leader

State Representative Jennifer Konfrst of Windsor Heights was elected to be the new Iowa House Minority Leader on Monday evening. Rep. Konfrst was the House Minority Whip during the 2021 legislative session and was elected to the top leadership post after Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City stepped down last month. “I’m honored to earn the [...]

Prichard Steps Down as House Minority Leader

State Representative Todd Prichard of Charles City announced today that he will be stepping down as the Iowa House Minority Leader.  Prichard served as leader for three legislative sessions and House Democrats will choose another leader on June 14th, 2021. “It’s been a great honor to serve as leader of the Iowa House Democrats the last [...]

Two Ethics Complaints Filed Against Dark Money Groups 

Des Moines, Iowa — After a video was released featuring a Washington, DC-based, dark money group boasting about secretly lobbying and writing part of the voter bill signed into law in March, two ethics complaints were filed today in the Iowa House of Representatives for breaking Iowa ethics and lobbying laws. “The two ethics complaints filed [...]

Lawmaker Calls for More Safety Measures at Anamosa

Des Moines, Iowa — On the heels of another assault last weekend and the tragic murder of two correctional workers in Anamosa in March, an Iowa lawmakers is calling on Governor Reynolds to take immediate action to improve safety at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.  “After the tragic deaths of Lorena Schulte and Robert McFarland just a [...]

Axne, Iowa Lawmakers Request Federal Investigation into Anamosa, DOC

Des Moines, Iowa -- Today US Rep. Cindy Axne, Iowa House Minority Leader Todd Prichard, and Iowa Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls sent a letter to federal officials requesting an independent investigation into last month’s deadly assaults at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, as well as the increasing violence within Iowa’s correctional facilities. In the letter to [...]

Second Legislative Deadline: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, April 2, the Legislature hit the second self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel”. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Senate Committee is dead for the year.

First Legislative Deadline: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, March 5, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel”. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Senate Committee is dead for the year.  

Beyond the Proclamation Message from Iowa Legislative Black Caucus

Beyond the Proclamation Message from Iowa Legislative Black Caucus Representatives Ras Smith, Ruth Ann Gaines, Ako Abdul-Samad, Ross Wilburn, and Phyllis Thede Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Legislative Black Caucus hosted a virtual press conference this morning. Caucus Chair, Rep. Ras Smith shared a statement in response to Governor Reynolds’ Black History Month proclamation and [...]

Sign Up for Iowa House Blue Alert

Be Informed! Take Action! Vouchers. Massive corporate tax giveaways. Higher tuition. Less accessible and more expensive health care. State budget mess. Iowa Republicans worked overtime and made life more difficult for Iowans.  Health care is more expensive and less accessible. Homeowners are paying higher property taxes.  Public schools are struggling to keep up.  Tuition is going [...]

Build Back Iowa

The 2021 Legislative Session must stay focused on long-term pandemic recovery efforts to get Iowa’s economy rolling again.  Our Build Back Iowa plan will provide relief and help families, small businesses, students, and our dedicated health care workers recover.  House Democrats are ready to work together to get the pandemic under control and provide the balanced, [...]

House Democrats Propose Rule Changes for Enhanced Transparency, Safety During Session

Democratic lawmakers today proposed changes to House rules to make the Iowa legislature safer and more transparent to the general public. “There’s no need to put the public, lawmakers, or employees at higher risk because House Republican leadership chooses to ignore public health guidelines. Everyone in the Capitol should be wearing a mask, just as every [...]

Des Moines State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines Honored with Hoover Presidential Foundation Uncommon Public Service Award

Today, in the Iowa House Representatives, State Rep. Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Polk) was awarded the Uncommon Public Service Award by the Herbert Hoover Presidential Foundation for her service to the people of Iowa that has gone above and beyond legislative responsibilities. “I am proud to receive this award from the Hoover Presidential Foundation. I hope the [...]

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