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Dems: Inside the Iowa House: 2017 Session Ends

May 1, 2017

Democrats opened the 2017 Iowa Legislature ready to work together with the Republican-led majority to make progress for all Iowans again.  But Republicans chose a different path this session. And Iowans noticed. Instead of working with us, Republicans chose to pursue a divisive, special interest agenda that Iowans expect to see in Washington, DC, but…

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Dems: Bill Lowers Wages for 65,000 Iowans

May 1, 2017

Instead of raising wages, Republican lawmakers approved a bill this year to lower wages for 65,000 Iowans. After waiting for Iowa lawmakers to act for nearly a decade, four Iowa counties recently increased the minimum wage in their own communities to finally give a boost to the lowest wage earners. The bill, House File 295,…

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Dems: Insurance Autism Coverage Approved

April 27, 2017

There are limited resources for coverage of autism services for minors provided by the State of Iowa. The Autism Support Program provides payments for applied behavioral analysis treatment for autism spectrum disorder. However, the Program has strict age, income, duration, and maximum amount of coverage limitations. After years of work, the Iowa Legislature finally approved…

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Dems: 2017 Legislative Session Ends with Disappointment for Working Iowans

April 25, 2017

Iowa lawmakers wrapped up the 2017 legislative session early Saturday morning on April 22nd, with many concerns ignored to help create jobs and raise incomes for hard-working families. The 2017 session opened with a plan to strengthen Iowa’s working families, build a vibrant economy, and adequately fund schools. Unfortunately, the majority party, despite objection, shortchanged…

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Dems: 2017 Iowa Legislature: Closing Remarks

April 22, 2017

2017 Iowa Legislature: Closing Remarks By House Democratic Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) Thank you Madam Speaker. First, I want to thank the members of my caucus for sticking together this year and being a strong voice for the thousands of Iowans we represent. On behalf of my caucus, I also want to thank the House…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Apr. 6 – Wed. Apr. 12, 2017

April 13, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr. 6 – Wed. Apr. 12, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 438         Housing Assistance from Veterans Trust Fund. States that money from the Veterans Trust Fund can be used for housing assistance including: deposits needed to rent, application fees associated with renting, and money needed to obtain vital documents…

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Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 30 – Wed. Apr. 5, 2017

April 6, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 30 – Wed. Apr. 5, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 617         IDALS Code Cleanup.  Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship code cleanup legislation.  (passed House 97-0) to Senate Ways and Means Committee. Appropriations HF 624         Federal Block Grant.  Authorizes the state to expend $426.3 million in…

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Dems: Second Funnel: List of Bills

April 3, 2017

On Friday, March 31, the Legislature hit the second 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: Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. Mar. 23 – Wed. Mar. 29, 2017

March 30, 2017

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Mar. 23 – Wed. Mar. 29, 2017 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture SF 362          Animal Pathogens on Fairgrounds.  A state or county fair is not liable for damages for death of a livestock from a pathogen occurs on fairgrounds. Requires a fair to post a warning sign notifying participants and…

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Dems: Surplus to Deficits — The GOP Budget Mess

March 30, 2017

Memo To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: March 29, 2017 Re: Surplus to Deficit — The GOP Budget Mess As the Legislature approaches adjournment next month, lawmakers will be turning more attention to the state budget. When the state’s non-partisan budget experts met in mid-March, we…

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