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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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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, March 5 – March 11

March 12, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 5 – Wed. Mar. 11, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 574         E-15 infrastructure expansion. Expands the renewable fuel infrastructure program by allowing infrastructure that supports E-15 blended gasoline (passed Committee 22-0) to House Calendar. HF 575         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for…

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2015 First Funnel: Bills that are Still Alive

March 9, 2015

Last week, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline we use 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 this week is dead for the year. Click Here…

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Weekly Bill Tracking, February 26 – March 4

March 5, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 26 – Wed. Mar. 4, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture HF 353         Commercial Manure Application. Reduces the training time for commercial manure applications from three hours to two. ( passed Committee 17-4) to House Calendar HF 401         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers of…

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Dems: Statement from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City on Republican Education Plans

March 3, 2015
Dems: Statement from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City on Republican Education Plans

“Today is a sad day for public education and teachers across Iowa. House Republicans finally put all of their cards on the table today and their education agenda is simple: ruin public education and push Iowa kids to private schools instead. At a 9:30 am conference committee, Republicans said there isn’t enough money for public…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, February 12- February 18

February 19, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 12 – Wed. Feb 18, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Commerce HF 167         Electronic Documents Available for Competitive Bids for Public Improvement Contracts. Prohibits governmental entities from charging a fee to obtain electronic or digital documents made available for public improvement contracts. (passed House 99-0) to Senate HF 308         Private…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, February 12- February 18

February 19, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb 12 – Wed. Feb 18, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Commerce HF 167         Electronic Documents Available for Competitive Bids for Public Improvement Contracts. Prohibits governmental entities from charging a fee to obtain electronic or digital documents made available for public improvement contracts. (passed House 99-0) to Senate HF 308         Private…

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