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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, March 26- April 1

April 3, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 26 – Wed. Apr. 1, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 578         Observation of Investigation. An owner of a property cannot be prohibited from observing an investigation and taking pictures on their own property (passed 13-0) to Senate Calendar HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Wash Facilities. Tightens…

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Dems: House Approves Uber and other Transportation Network Companies

March 31, 2015
Dems: House Approves Uber and other Transportation Network Companies

Uber is the most well-known example of a transportation network company (TNC) which allows customers to find rides through a network application or a digital network. While it is important to have these new, innovative companies coming into Iowa’s communities, it’s just as important to have adequate regulations to ensure the safety of the drivers,…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, March 19th- March 25th

March 27, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 19 – Wed. Mar. 25, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 503         Show Animals in Lot Counts. Makes show livestock excempt from capacity counts on animal feeding operations. (passed House 97-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee HF 529         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers…

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Dems: Budget Panel Optimistic About Iowa Economy

March 26, 2015

A non-partisan group of budget experts met last week and they continue to be optimistic about Iowa’s economy, with job growth improving and unemployment claims down. For the current fiscal year (2015), the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) expects revenues to be $278.4 million higher than last year (FY 2014). They also updated the revenue estimate…

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Dems: Budget Panel Optimistic About Iowa Economy

March 26, 2015

A non-partisan group of budget experts met last week and they continue to be optimistic about Iowa’s economy, with job growth improving and unemployment claims down. For the current fiscal year (2015), the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) expects revenues to be $278.4 million higher than last year (FY 2014). They also updated the revenue estimate…

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Dems: Matson Announces Campaign for State Legislature

March 25, 2015

Experienced organizer will bring new leadership to House District 38 Ankeny resident Heather Matson has announced that she will run for House District 38 in the 2016 elections. Matson is a long-time advocate, organizer, and public policy expert who looks forward to getting to know more of the district’s constituents during the campaign. “I’m running…

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Dems: Matson Announces Campaign for State Legislature

March 25, 2015

Experienced organizer will bring new leadership to House District 38 Ankeny resident Heather Matson has announced that she will run for House District 38 in the 2016 elections. Matson is a long-time advocate, organizer, and public policy expert who looks forward to getting to know more of the district’s constituents during the campaign. “I’m running…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 3-24-15

March 24, 2015
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 3-24-15

  We’re just over half way through the 2015 session.   As you may have heard, the biggest challenge we face is the school funding crisis. Since session began in January, school officials and parents have been telling us the Republican plan to underfund our schools (1.25% increase in basic school aid) means larger class…

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Dems: Protecting Local Pharmacies & Keeping Prescriptions Affordable

March 23, 2015
Dems: Protecting Local Pharmacies & Keeping Prescriptions Affordable

The House unanimously passed a bill to give the Insurance Commissioner explicit authority to investigate and impose sanctions on pharmacy benefits managers who do not follow the reporting law. Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs) act as a pharmaceutical middle management between health care providers, pharmacies and prescription drug companies/manufacturers by negotiating the costs of those prescriptions.…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, March 12- March 18

March 20, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 12 – Wed. Mar. 18, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 578         Observation of Investigation. An owner of a property cannot be prohibited from observing an investigation and taking pictures on their own property (passed 95-0) to Senate Agriculture Committee.   Commerce HF 371         Disclosure of Radon Test…

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