Iowa Senate

GOP: Senator Dix: Iowa Supreme Court failed the people of Iowa

May 16, 2014

DES MOINES – Senator Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, said this morning he is disappointed the Iowa Supreme Court gave people seeking a political office the green light to lie and mislead Iowans in campaign advertisements. “The lower courts understood there should be consequences for intentionally lying and misleading Iowans in an effort to tarnish someone’s…

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GOP: Senator Jack Whitver: Lawmakers act to protect students

April 29, 2014

As legislation is contemplated in the Capitol, situations often arise around Iowa requiring lawmakers to evaluate current state law. In fact, many laws we pass are the result of one specific incident. Sometimes this is a good thing, however in some cas...

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GOP: Senator Jerry Behn: Budget Bills Reveal Fundamental Differences

April 29, 2014

The 2014 Legislative session is drawing to a close. The state budget continues to consume the bulk of our time. How the state spends its money always has been a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats. This often results in the budget bil...

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GOP: Senator Dix: Senate Democrats fail to fully address transparency

April 25, 2014

DES MOINES – Senate Democrats spent all April talking about the importance of state government being fully transparent, but when it came time to govern today their actions revealed a different story, Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix said. “This bill fails to require full transparency. There is one glaring omission.  It fails to disclose reasons…

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GOP: Senator Charles Scheider: Budget Bills Under Consideration

April 11, 2014

The 2014 legislative session is beginning to wind down. Most of the legislation we’ve been working on recently consists of appropriations bills.  There are several appropriations bills that the legislature and governor need to agree on to pass a budget:  Administration and Regulations; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Education; Economic Development; Health and Human Services; Judicial…

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GOP: Senator Jerry Behn: Be safe: Road construction nears

April 11, 2014

After a brutal long, cold winter, many of us are eager to return to the outdoors. This means walkers and bicyclists have taken to Iowa’s streets. Iowa motorists need to be aware of bicyclist and pedestrians, as well as the start of construction season. As many of you know, road construction season across Iowa occurs…

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GOP: Senator Anderson: April – Autism Awareness Month

April 11, 2014

April is National Autism Awareness month.  Autism impacts over 6,500 Iowans, with 600 children born with the disorder each year. Twenty-nine states have passed legislation regarding coverage of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Iowa passed an insurance mandate five years ago, but it only applies to the Iowa State Employees’ self-funded insurance plan. At the time…

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GOP: Senator Randy Feenstra: Pork Spending Continues

April 11, 2014

Each year, the last week of session sees pork spending bills get passed and it always frustrates me because I don’t support this type of tax payer spending and it always goes to Des Moines and a few other larger cities. Below is some of the egregious spending that was approved. $250,000 for renovating an…

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GOP: Senator Whitver: Iowa’s Reserve Accounts Strong

April 1, 2014

The tremendous turnaround in the financial strength of Iowa has been well documented over the past few years. A huge budget shortfall in 2011 turned into a huge surplus through three years of sound budgeting principles and tough decisions. Currently, I...

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GOP: Senator Anderson: Senate could address gift certificate changes

April 1, 2014

The Senate is considering a bill relating to gift certificates. Currently, gift certificates that go unredeemed for three years are treated as “unclaimed property.”  The issuer must report it to the state treasurer’s office, attempt to contact the owner and then surrender it to the treasurer. The bill was amended during the committee process and…

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