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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 9 – Wed. Mar. 15, 2017

March 16, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 9 – Wed. Mar. 15, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 440         Extension Council Expense Reports.  HF 440 Provides extension councils an additional month to prepare expense reports. (passed House 95-0) to Senate Agriculture committee. Appropriations HF 170         Iowa Junior Angus Show Appropriation.  Makes the appropriation from the…

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Dems: Republican Voter Suppression Bill Advances

March 13, 2017

A controversial bill that will make it harder over for 200,000 Iowans to vote is expected to pass the Iowa House this week. The legislation has been pushed by Republican lawmakers despite opposition from local election officials and voting rights advocates due to the new regulations and hurdles for voters. Earlier this week, a public…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 2 – Wed. Mar. 8, 2017

March 9, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 2 – Wed. Mar. 8, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture HF 469         Soil and Water Commissioner Election.  Allows that two of five soil and water conservation commissioners may reside in the same township. (passed house 99-0) to Senate Agriculture. SF 357          Electrical Work on Farms.   The bill will allow…

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Dems: First Funnel 2017: List of Eligible Bills

March 6, 2017

On Friday, March 3rd, 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. Click to see the…

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Dems: Great Iowa Treasure Hunt; Do you have Unclaimed Property?

March 6, 2017

Every year, there are millions of dollars turned into the State Treasurer’s office as lost or abandoned property. This property comes in the form of safe deposit box items, dormant financial accounts, unclaimed utility refunds, uncashed checks, stock certificates, and dividends. The State Treasurer’s office becomes the holder of these assets until the missing owner…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 23 – Wed. Mar. 1, 2017

March 2, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 23 – Wed. Mar 1, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 316         Des Moines Waterworks Dissolution. The bill mandates the elimination of local water boards in the Des Moines metro area, transfers assets to metro city councils and restricts metro entities from new projects until January 1 2018. …

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Vouchers On the Way?

March 1, 2017

According to the special interests running the show for Republicans at the State Capitol these days, the next priority of the Iowa Legislature will be vouchers that siphon funding from public schools and give it to home schools and private schools. They convinced a Republican Senator to introduce their bill and it may get a…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Feb. 16 – Wed. Feb. 22, 2017

February 23, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 16 – Wed. Feb. 22, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HSB 86         Electrical Work on Farms.   The bill will allow any electrical work on a farm if the person doing the work is an owner, relative or employee of the farm. A permit will not be required for…

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Dems: Seven weeks into legislative session, Republicans still breaking promises to create jobs, grow incomes

February 23, 2017

(Des Moines) Today House and Senate Democratic Leaders pointed out that the Republicans in charge of state government continue to break promises to create jobs and increase family incomes. “In 2009, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds promised to create 200,000 jobs in five years,” said Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids. “After…

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: The Special Interest Fix

February 21, 2017

  The last two weeks have been the most contentious in my 17 years in the Legislature.   In just 10 days, Republican lawmakers and Governor Branstad unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law. After watching the events unfold the last week and a half, what we’ve learned is that the fix was in long…

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