Opening Remarks from House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines: Thank you Mr. Speaker, Mr. Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen of the House. First, welcome to all of the family and friends of the newly elected Representatives. I know that for you, this day is a day to be very proud of. Also, congratulations as well [...]
The 2010 Iowa Legislature convenes on Monday, January 11 at 10 AM in Des Moines. There are two new State Representatives serving this year -- Curt Hanson of Fairfield and Kirsten Running-Marquardt of Cedar Rapids. Legislative priorities include help for the middle class and small businesses, creating good-paying jobs, protecting education, and balancing the state budget without raising taxes. [...]
The 2009 session of the Iowa Legislature adjourned on early Sunday, April 26. Legislative leaders said the session was dominated by the deepening national recession. “Despite these difficult times, we chose to be bold. I’m proud of our effort this year to help put Iowans back to work. We took bold action to modernize our economy, [...]
On a statewide tour this week, Democratic legislative leaders said the Legislature will focus on helping Iowans rebuild and recover during the 2009 legislative session, which begins on Monday, January 12th. “With the national recession beginning to take hold in Iowa, we know thousands of Iowans are struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to [...]
Last month, Governor Chet Culver created the Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO) to coordinate Iowa's recovery efforts from the 2008 storms and help the Rebuild Iowa Advisory Commission compete their work. The RIO has launched a web page for Iowans who need assistance and also want to track Iowa's recovery efforts. Log on to www.rio.iowa.gov.
The state’s 2008 fiscal year concluded on June 30 and fiscal year 2009 began on July 1. Preliminary reports from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on state general fund receipts indicate that revenue collections exceeded expectations. Fiscal Year 2008 ended with 9.4% revenue growth. This rate of collections compares with the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) estimate of [...]
The Iowa Legislative Council met on Thursday, June 12 and approved 10 interim study committees that will report to the Legislature before the 2009 legislative session begins in January. The Council is chaired by House Speaker Pat Murphy of Dubuque. 1. Criminal Code Reorganization Study Committee Charge: Meet during the 2007 and 2008 interims to consider proposals [...]