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2016 Session Opens: Every kid deserves a fair shot to achieve the American Dream

By |2016-01-11T17:23:58-06:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Education, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|Tags: , |

2016 Legislative Session: Opening Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Welcome back to all of you. And let me first say congratulations to you Madam Speaker and Leader Hagenow. I look forward to working with both of you this session. Last year, a member of this body used a quote from George Santayana that was [...]

1st Funnel List: Bills Still Alive

By |2013-09-06T15:48:46-06:00March 11th, 2013|Categories: 2013 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

2013 Iowa Legislature Starts Work Today

By |2013-09-06T11:53:06-06:00January 14th, 2013|Categories: 2013 Session Information, Featured, Recent News, Video|Tags: , , , , |

The 2013 Iowa Legislature convened at 10 am today. There are 26 new members of the Iowa House this year. The 110 day session is scheduled to adjourn on May 3rd. Here is House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy's Opening Day Remarks: Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, Ladies and Gentleman of the House. First, congratulations to [...]

2012 Session Opens; Jobs Top Priority

By |2012-01-09T12:46:27-06:00January 9th, 2012|Categories: 2012 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , |

The 2012 Legislative Session convened today at the State Capitol in Des Moines.  House Democrats vowed to work together with Republicans to help create good-paying jobs and grow Iowa's middle class. Here is the opening day speech from House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy: Thank you Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, Ladies, and Gentleman of the House. Welcome [...]

2011 Legislature Finally Adjourns

By |2011-06-30T14:51:49-06:00June 30th, 2011|Categories: 2011 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

After Republicans finally agreed to compromise, the 2011 Iowa Legislature finally adjourned on the 172nd day of session.  It was the third longest session in Iowa history. Here's the statement from House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy: House Republicans spent too much time focusing on divisive social issues – which brought Iowa to the brink of a [...]

House Honors WWII Veterans

By |2011-04-18T15:11:53-06:00April 18th, 2011|Categories: Featured, Recent News, Veterans|Tags: , , , |

On Monday, April 18th at 1:00PM the Iowa House of Representatives passed House Resolution 39 to honor Iowa World War II veterans.  The Resolution commemerated the 70th anniversary year of the beginning of the World War II.  After the Resolution passed, the House of Representatives said thank you to the many veterans present by hosting a ceremony in [...]

More High School Students Earn College Credit

By |2011-04-06T11:06:05-06:00April 6th, 2011|Categories: Education, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

According to the Iowa Department of Education, more Iowa high school students are earning community college credit than ever before.  A report released by the department shows that a record 38,000 students took part in joint enrollment in 2010, a 14 percent increase from 2009. The Iowa Department of Education released this statement: “Iowa provides high [...]

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