Posts Tagged ‘ 2016 Session Information ’

Dems: Survey Shows Iowa Providers Still Struggling with Medicaid Privatization

July 25, 2016
Dems: Survey Shows Iowa Providers Still Struggling with Medicaid Privatization

Iowa Providers Still Struggling with Medicaid Privatization Fewer Services, Rising Costs Cited in New Provider Survey DES MOINES – A new survey released today finds Iowa Medicaid providers are still struggling under Governor Branstad’s privatization plan, which began earlier this year. Providers said the privatization plan has led to increased costs, reduced services for clients,…

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Dems: New Laws Hit the Books July 1

June 27, 2016

Iowans about several new laws that will take effect on July 1, the start of the state’s new fiscal year. Investing in Iowa’s Future and Rural Iowa •    Revamped our career and job training programs starting in high school to help close Iowa’s skilled workforce gap  (HF 2392) •    Invested in Iowa’s kids by moderately…

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Dems: 2016 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith

April 29, 2016

2016 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks from House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Thank you, Madam Speaker. And thank you to Majority Leader Hagenow as well. It has been a privilege working with both of you this year. I first want to express my extreme gratitude to the House Democratic Staff: Joe, Anna, Dave, Zeke, Bill,…

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Dems: Republicans Slash Millions from Water Quality Plan Passed Just 3 Days Ago

April 14, 2016

In a spending plan released by Republicans today, lawmakers learned efforts to improve water quality passed just three days ago would now be scaled back by $2 million next year. “I’m stunned Republicans have broken their promise in just three days and already cut $2 million from their water quality plan. The plan was already…

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Dems: 2016 Second Funnel: Bills Still Eligible for Debate

March 14, 2016
Dems: 2016 Second Funnel: Bills Still Eligible for Debate

Last week, the Legislature hit the second self-imposed deadline we use to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the funnel. This week by rule the House can only debate Senate Files and bills on unfinished business calendar. Click Here to see the full list of bills that are eligible for debate…

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Dems: Sharon Steckman Announces Run for Fifth Term in Iowa House

March 10, 2016
Dems: Sharon Steckman Announces Run for Fifth Term in Iowa House

State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City announced today that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in District 53, which includes Mason City, Rockwell and central Cerro Gordo County. Steckman is currently serving her fourth term in the Iowa House and serves on the  Education, Environmental Protection, Labor and Ways &…

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Dems: Gaskill Announces Run for Re-Election in Iowa House

March 8, 2016
Dems: Gaskill Announces Run for Re-Election in Iowa House

State Representative Mary Gaskill, D-Ottumwa, announced today that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in House District 81, including the cities of Ottumwa, Eldon and Agency, seven townships and the part of Center township east of Ottumwa. Rep. Gaskill is currently serving her seventh term in the Iowa House. She serves…

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Dems: Gaskill Announces Run for Re-Election in Iowa House

March 8, 2016
Dems: Gaskill Announces Run for Re-Election in Iowa House

State Representative Mary Gaskill, D-Ottumwa, announced today that she will seek re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives in House District 81, including the cities of Ottumwa, Eldon and Agency, seven townships and the part of Center township east of Ottumwa. Rep. Gaskill is currently serving her seventh term in the Iowa House. She serves…

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Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Obstruction is Iowa House GOP’s Plan

February 29, 2016
Dems: House Leader Mark Smith: Obstruction is Iowa House GOP’s Plan

It’s no surprise that obstruction is the new buzzword for Washington, D.C. With Justice Scalia’s death and our own Senator Charles Grassley in the center of the storm, I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about this obstruction for the next year. What might surprise Iowans is that the GOP obstruction gripping Washington right…

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Dems: 2016 First Funnel: Which Bills are Still Alive?

February 22, 2016

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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