Iowa Senate

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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GOP: Senator Guth: We must keep our fiscal house in order

April 1, 2014

The 2014 Legislative session is winding down, but there are several key issues to discuss before adjourning. One of those is voting on the individual budget bills. Several weeks ago, the House and Senate offered joint budget targets. The proposed Fisca...

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GOP: Senator Segebart: Promises made, promises kept – for now

April 1, 2014

Job creation and strengthening Iowa’s economy have not received the much-needed attention they deserve this legislative session. As the nation’s economy continues to trudge slowly along shaky ground, Iowans are weary about the future and the impact another economic downturn could have on their lives. It is important for our state these conversations are being…

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GOP: Senator Feenstra: Iowa Tax Climate

April 1, 2014

The Tax Foundation recently released the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index.  Unfortunately, Iowa once again ranked number 40 on the list.  Even though two of our Midwestern competitors rank lower than Iowa, the rest all rank higher with Indiana moving into the 10th spot and South Dakota ranking the second best in the nation.…

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GOP: Senator Zumbach: Fighting For You And Your Families

March 3, 2014

Returning to the Iowa Senate this week, it was understood we would be casting votes on dozens of bills.  The first funnel ended last Friday and Senators attended scores of subcommittee and committee meetings in an attempt to get bills moving before the self-imposed funnel deadline. The Senate took up more than 60 bills this…

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