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Opening Day Remarks by House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

By |2018-01-09T14:27:49-06:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: 2018 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , |

2018 Legislative Session: Opening Day Comments Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith To watch the full video of Representative's Smith's remarks go to: https://www.facebook.com/representativemarksmith/videos/1548648385172057/ Thank you, Madam Speaker and good morning members of the Iowa House of Representatives. I especially want to welcome Representative Jon Jacobsen and Representative Phil Miller, who were elected in special elections [...]

Inside the Iowa House, The Governor Who Thought He Was King

By |2015-10-29T13:47:04-06:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

The Governor Who Thought He Was King Our system of government is set up with a series of checks and balances. Right now, Iowans picked a divided government, which means we have to work together to move our state forward. After 21 years in office, Governor Terry Branstad apparently doesn’t understand that. He is working over-time [...]

Iowans Lose Education Funding and Mental Health Services because Republicans Ignore Call for Special Session

By |2015-07-30T12:02:47-06:00July 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

With the new school year starting in a few weeks, Republican lawmakers ignored their constituents and refused the call for a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s reckless veto of $56 million for Iowa schools, university funding to prevent tuition increases, and the loss of urgently needed mental health services. “The compromises legislators reached had strong [...]

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

By |2015-05-06T08:38:24-06:00May 6th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

The 2015 session moves in to overtime this week with no end in sight.  The last scheduled day of session was last Friday, May 1st, but there are still a lot of issues to be resolved.   The delay is largely the result of gridlock from House Republicans, who are now at odds with their own [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 4-21-15

By |2015-04-21T16:02:04-06:00April 21st, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , |

Despite our efforts to compromise, the school funding crisis hit another unfortunate milestone this week as schools were forced to set their budget for the upcoming school year without knowing how much money they will get from the state. Iowans are just beginning to learn about the devastating results of the legislative stalemate from pink slips [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 2-4-15

By |2015-02-05T09:31:55-06:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Recent News|Tags: , , , , |

    One of the keys to building a strong middle class is providing more economic security to working families. Right now, there are over 306,000 Iowans earning the minimum wage who have not had a raise in nearly eight years. Over the last 30 years, the minimum wage has failed to keep up with the [...]

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 1-26-15

By |2015-01-27T10:34:32-06:00January 27th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Recent News|Tags: , , , |

We’re just starting the third week of the legislative session and school funding will take center stage this week.   It’s a debate that’s already a year overdue. That’s because Governor Branstad and Republicans refused to follow our law that requires us to set school funding nearly two years in advance. The law, which has been [...]

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