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Dems: Legislative Democrats Release Plan to Put Iowans First

March 6, 2019
Dems: Legislative Democrats Release Plan to Put Iowans First

Democratic lawmakers outlined their agenda called Putting Iowans First at the State Capitol this week.  After hearing from Iowans frustrated by the growing influence of special interests in the Legislature, lawmakers developed the agenda for the legisl...

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Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 21 – Wed. February 27

February 28, 2019
Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 21 – Wed. February 27

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 21 – Wed. Feb. 27, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HSB 173      Beginning Farmer Tax Credit.  Modifies the beginning farmer tax credit program and returns the tax credit level to $12 million annu...

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Keep Politics Out of Iowa Courts

February 26, 2019
Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Keep Politics Out of Iowa Courts

The way Iowa selects judges has been a model for the nation for decades.  It’s a merit based selection process that is fair, impartial, and non-partisan.  The system was put in place in 1962 when our Iowa Constitution was updated to require vacancies i...

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Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 14 – Wed. February 20

February 21, 2019
Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 14 – Wed. February 20

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 14 – Wed. Feb. 20, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations HF 307         Transportation Equity. Appropriates $19 million to the Transportation Equity Fund under the Department of Management, and esta...

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Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 7 – Wed. February 13

February 14, 2019
Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 7 – Wed. February 13

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 7 – Wed. Feb. 13, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations HF 307         Transportation Equity. Appropriates $19 million to the Transportation Equity Fund under the Department of Management, and estab...

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Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. January 31 – Wed. February 6

February 7, 2019
Dems: 2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. January 31 – Wed. February 6

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Jan. 31 – Wed. Feb. 6, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 8              Commercial Animal Establishment License Change.  HF 8 eliminates the requirement to provide an identification number (tax ID or...

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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Everyday Iowans

February 6, 2019
Dems: Inside the Iowa House: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Everyday Iowans

The 2019 Legislative Session is well underway.  I’m excited about the opportunities this year to work together and address some of the challenges facing our state. As the Leader of Iowa House Democrats, our caucus is proposing several ideas this year t...

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Dems: Power Grab: GOP Lawmakers Plan to Inject Politics in Iowa Courts

February 5, 2019
Dems: Power Grab: GOP Lawmakers Plan to Inject Politics in Iowa Courts

Iowa judges are selected using a merit selection process. A nonpartisan commission nominates qualified individuals to fill each judicial selection. Judicial nominees are then chosen from these merit based nominations from the commissions. Judicial nomi...

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Dems: Iowa House Republicans Ignore the Votes of 29 Iowans

January 28, 2019
Dems: Iowa House Republicans Ignore the Votes of 29 Iowans

In the first vote in the Iowa House in 2019, Republican lawmakers voted to deny 29 Iowans their right to vote. On a straight party line vote, the House passed the Majority Report to disenfranchise 29 voters from Winneshiek County in the election contes...

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Dems: GOP Lawmakers Shut Out Iowa Voters in Election Contest

January 23, 2019
Dems: GOP Lawmakers Shut Out Iowa Voters in Election Contest

Republican lawmakers in charge of the Election Contest Committee said late Tuesday that they will not allow disenfranchised voters or any witnesses to testify for the committee before sending a report to the full House. “I’m disappointed that the major...

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