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Happy Small Business Week 2015

May 6, 2015

See what our senators have to say about their own small businesses for National Small Business Week.

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Weekly Bill Tracking April 9-April 15

April 17, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr.9 – Wed. Apr.15, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Wash Facilities. Tightens regulations on livestock truck washes by moving them into the animal feeding operations code section (passed Senate 50-0) to Governor   Appropriations HF 630         Federal Block Grants. Establishes authorizing legislation for…

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Weekly Bill Tracking April 2-April 8

April 9, 2015

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr.2 – Wed. Apr.8, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 529         Drainage District Notifications. Makes changes to notice requirements relating to mergers of drainage districts, competitive bidding thresholds, and drainage district elections (passed Senate 48-0) to Governor HF 523         Honey Bee Sales Tax Exemption. Exempts the sale of…

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The Paulsen Perspective: Simple Math

March 27, 2015
The Paulsen Perspective:  Simple Math

The Revenue Estimating Conference met on March 19 for its required meeting during the legislative session. All three members of the REC said there had been little change in the economic factors since their last meeting in December. Economic growth in the US and Iowa remains solid, if at a modest pace. Iowa’s collections from…

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Week Ten Press Conference Highlights

March 23, 2015
Week Ten Press Conference Highlights

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Governor, Iowa’s school children need you to get involved

March 23, 2015

Statement by Senator Herman Quirmbach, chair of the Senate Education Committee “Last week’s prediction of steady growth for the Iowa economy should result in much needed good news for Iowa’s schools. “We’ve had months of warnings from Iowa’s education leaders.  They report that failing to fund education responsibly means classroom overcrowding, reduced student choices, and…

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 10

March 10, 2015
Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 10

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 161 – Occupancy Limits for Non-Related Individuals House File 194 – Statute of Repose House File 229 – Buying Club Memberships House File 247 – Asset Verification House File 258 – Sexual Misconduct with Offenders and Juveniles House File…

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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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Fuel pump updates would help Iowans with disabilities

March 8, 2015

Iowans rely on their vehicles to get to work, pick up groceries, drive their kids to school and more. This includes Iowans living with disabilities. That is why the Senate Agriculture Committee voted to strengthen the state law for assistance with fuel pumps at Iowa gas stations. People with disabilities can find it difficult or…

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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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