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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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Links to all legislative forums

March 4, 2015

Links to lists of legislative forums.  Accurate as of 3/4/15 Senate Democrats: http://www.senate.iowa.gov/democrats/forum-schedule/ Senate Republicans: http://www.iowasenaterepublicans.com/events/ House Democrats: http://iowahouse.org/events/ House Republicans: http://www.iowahouserepublicans.com/forums

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Iowa National Guard remains strong

February 14, 2015

Major General Timothy Orr recently updated lawmakers on the work of the Iowa National Guard in his annual “Condition of the Guard” address. General Orr said thousands of Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen have served in combat and support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 13 years. Currently, about 150 are deployed…

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, February 10

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

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 123 – BOEE Director Appointment Correction House File 124 – Educational Savings Accounts House File 131 – Definition of Beer Senate File 126 – Internal Revenue Code Update To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Week Three in the Iowa Senate

January 30, 2015

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 30

January 30, 2015
Under the Golden Dome, Too – January 30

Iowans work hard for the money they earn.  That’s why you’re careful with how you spend it.  As elected officials, it is our duty to ensure your taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, and when a concern is raised, we look into it. During the beginning of each legislative session, our committees typically invite speakers in…

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