Dems: Judiciary – week of May 4, 2015

HF 567 – Imitation Controlled Substances   FLOOR ACTION: HF 567 is a comprehensive effort to stem the sales of synthetic drugs and ensure that those who sell them can be criminally charged. The bill: Deletes Chapter 124A, the Imitation Controlled Substances Act, and moves it into Chapter 124, The Controlled Substances Act. This will…

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GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – May 7

GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – May 7

A new May 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version: Caucus Newsletter 5-7-2015 In this edition: State Revenue Remains Positive, but still behind REC Projection Governor Branstad Issues Disaster Proclamation Concerning Avian Influenza More Communities Join Home Base Iowa Team House Passes First Time Homebuyer Incentives Sioux City…

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Happy Small Business Week 2015

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

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GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 6

GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, May 6

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 631 – First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts House File 635 – Transportation Omnibus House File 653 – Dept of Revenue Policy Bill House File 655 – Cell Siting House File 657 – Access of Vital Records House File 660 –…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-5-15

Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-5-15

The 2015 session moves in to overtime this week with no end in sight.  The last scheduled day of session was last Friday, May 1st, but there are still a lot of issues to be resolved.   The delay is largely the result of gridlock from House Republicans, who are now at odds with their…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-5-15

Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-5-15

The 2015 session moves in to overtime this week with no end in sight.  The last scheduled day of session was last Friday, May 1st, but there are still a lot of issues to be resolved.   The delay is largely the result of gridlock from House Republicans, who are now at odds with their…

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GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, May 5

GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, May 5

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 651 – E911 Communications Fund House File 652 – Underground Storage Tanks House File 654 – Economic Development Authority Omnibus Senate File 336 – Protective Orders Senate File 494 – Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Senate File 496 –…

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Dems: The worst Iowa economic development deal ever just got “worser.”

Comments by Senator Joe Bolkcom made on the Senate floor, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Video is available at: http://youtu.be/5_DlBtDdtDc I want to thank Senator Courtney and Senator Taylor for organizing a meeting with Director Durham to discuss the layoffs down in Lee County. We all know the Orascom story, the story of the worst Iowa…

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Dems: Individual development accounts help Iowans succeed

Iowa’s Individual Development Account (IDA) program is a successful public-private partnership. An IDA supplements the savings of low-income Iowans with matching funds drawn from private and public sources. IDAs help families save, build assets and achieve financial success. Savers must deposit their own earned income in an account at a participating credit union. They must…

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