Dems: 2015 Session Highlights

This year, Senate Democrats fought to provide greater economic security for Iowa families by standing up for workers and investing in skills training, job creation and the best educational opportunities from preschool through college. While we hoped to accomplish much more, we ultimately chose compromise over gridlock. We balanced the state budget in a fiscally…

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GOP: Speaker Paulsen’s Closing Remarks

GOP: Speaker Paulsen’s Closing Remarks

(DES MOINES)—Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) delivered closing remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery: I know this took a little bit longer than all of us wanted, but we should be proud that rather than rushing to an end, we did quality…

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GOP: Speaker Paulsen’s Closing Remarks

GOP: Speaker Paulsen’s Closing Remarks

(DES MOINES)—Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) delivered closing remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery: I know this took a little bit longer than all of us wanted, but we should be proud that rather than rushing to an end, we did quality…

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Dems: End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

Dems: End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

2015 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Today, we end the 2015 session of the Iowa General Assembly and return to our homes and to our communities. Last January, I quoted Willa Cather in my opening remarks when she said, “Some things are learned in the calm and some things are…

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GOP: Majority Leader Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks

GOP: Majority Leader Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks

(DES MOINES)—House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) delivered closing remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: Thank you Mr. Speaker, We started this session with a difficult budget situation on our hands.  Our growing obligations exceeded the amount of revenue coming in. To some,…

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Dems: Senator Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s 2015 Closing Statement

Dems: Senator Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s 2015 Closing Statement

Legislating is about finding common ground. This year, common ground was hard to find, especially on two issues that matter most to Iowans—the education of our children and the future of our economy. Senate Democrats argued that, after several lean years for local schools, Iowa’s improving economy makes it possible to reinvest in Iowa’s next…

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Dems: President Pam Jochum’s 2015 Closing Statement

Dems: President Pam Jochum’s 2015 Closing Statement

We need a state budget that paves the way to a more prosperous future. That’s why Senate Democrats fought so hard to adequately fund education from pre-school through higher education at our state universities, private colleges, and community colleges.

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GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Friday, June 5

GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Friday, June 5

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 666 – Debt Reduction and Strategic Investments Senate File 510 – Standing Appropriations (Conference Committee) Senate File 513 – Temporary Spending Authority To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, June 4

GOP: Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, June 4

Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached: House File 650 – RIIF Budget (Conference Committee) House File 659 – Administration and Regulation Budget (Conference Committee) Senate File 494 – Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget (Conference Committee) Senate File 499 – Economic Development Budget (Conference Committee) To see the full House Debate Calendar, click…

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