Dems: Weekly Bill Tracking April 16-April 22

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr.16 – Wed. Apr.22, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 624         Beginning Farmer Tax Credits. Increases the beginning farmer tax credit from 12 months to 24 months. (passed House 93-2) to Senate Ways and Means Committee HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused…

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GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 23

GOP: House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 23

A new April 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version: Caucus Newsletter 4-23-2015 In this edition: House GOP Releases Budget Targets Bi-Partisan Vote Moves Broadband Measure to Senate Update to Federal Education Law on the Horizon? Iowa Unemployment Reaches Lowest Point Since 2008 Tax Freedom Day In Iowa…

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Dems: Expanding middle class with job training, education investments

With the state budget in good condition, a strong investment in education and job training will keep our economy growing and expand Iowa’s middle class. That’s the goal of the Education Budget approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. SSB 1277 funds the Department for the Blind, the College Student Aid Commission, the Department of Education…

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Dems: Ways & Means – week of April 20, 2015

SF 423 - Salvage vehicle registration fees HF 615 – Rural Improvement Zones HF 621 – Streamlined sales tax update   FLOOR ACTION: HF 621 is the annual bill to update Iowa’s sales tax law to maintain compliance with the 24-member state streamlined sales tax coalition. Membership in this coalition allows Iowa to collect a…

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Dems: Transportation – week of April 20, 2015

HF 635 – Department of Transportation omnibus   COMMITTEE ACTION: HF 635 is the Department of Transportation (DOT) omnibus bill. The Senate approved a version of this bill on March 24. However, that bill died in the House. The House redrafted the DOT omnibus to include all the elements previously approved by the Senate, plus…

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Dems: State Government – week of April 20, 2015

SF 415 – Elections Administration   FLOOR ACTION: SF 415 makes changes to Iowa election laws. Under current law, precinct election officials are required to tally and record write-in votes after the polls close in all elections. With this bill, as amended by the House, the county auditor in a county using digital ballot counting…

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Dems: Labor & Business Relations – week of April 20, 2015

HF 397 – Occasional Work for Child Labor   FLOOR ACTION: HF 397 relates to the child labor law and defines “occasional” in Iowa Code. As amended, the bill removes schools and local workforce offices from the process of obtaining a child labor work permit. Instead, the child would obtain a work permit through the…

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Dems: Judiciary – week of April 20, 2015

SF 385 – Expunging not guilty verdicts and dismissed criminal charges SF 404 – Shorthand Reporters HF 6 – Sexual Exploitation by a School Employee   FLOOR ACTION: SF 385 provides for the confidentiality (expunging) of certain court records relating to criminal charges. A defendant in a case will be able to make application to…

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Dems: Education – week of April 20, 2015

HF 347 – DHS childcare program licensure on school grounds HF 599 – SAVE added to reorganization and dissolution of a school district   FLOOR ACTION HF 347 makes the Department of Human Services (DHS) the only state agency responsible for the licensure of childcare programs located in a school. Under current law, either DHS…

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