Posts Tagged ‘ 2017 Session Information ’

Dems: State Officials Raise Legal Questions on Reynolds Borrowing Plan

September 29, 2017

Des Moines, Iowa – In a letter sent to lawmakers and the Governor today, State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald raised new questions about Governor Kim Reynolds’ plan to borrow from the state’s economic emergency fund to close the state’s books. State Representative Chris Hall, D-Sioux City & Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, called on…

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Dems: Lawmaker Calls for Special Audit of FY 2017

September 26, 2017

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Chris Hall (D-Sioux City), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today sent a letter to State Auditor Mary Mosiman requesting a special audit on the closing of the 2017 Fiscal Year (FY). “On June 30th, the state was $104 million short of closing the books with a balanced…

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Dems: Statement & Questions GOP Must Answer on State Budget Crisis

September 20, 2017

Statement & Questions GOP Must Answer on State Budget Crisis From Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee “For the third time this year, Gov. Reynolds is making Iowans pay for borrowed money and corporate tax giveaways. The numbers don’t add up. The state was $104 million short on June 30 and only…

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Dems: Memo to Reporters: Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess

September 19, 2017

MEMO To: Iowa Statehouse Reporters From: Rep. Chris Hall, Ranking Member of House Appropriations Committee Date: September 19, 2017 Re: Special Session or Cook the Books? The GOP’s Budget Mess While the state’s fiscal year ended back in June, lawmakers are still waiting to see if Gov. Reynolds will be forced to call us back…

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Dems: Major Tort Reforms Passed by Legislature

June 28, 2017

Several changes to how Iowan’s seek relief in the courts passed the Legislature this session. Major reforms were made to medical malpractice suits, suing for defects in property, and for those seeking relief from asbestos related illnesses. One bill approved will impose caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases of $250,000. Noneconomic damages include…

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Dems: Legislature Passes Sobriety 24/7 Program to Target Drunk Drivers

June 26, 2017

In an effort to prevent repeat drunk driving offenders, a new program commonly called Sobriety 24/7 passed the legislature this year. The program requires anyone convicted of a criminal offense where alcohol was a contributing factor, including certain Operating While Intoxicated Offenses, to test at least twice daily for alcohol or controlled substances. A court…

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Dems: Major Gun Changes Signed by Governor

June 22, 2017

Significant changes to the regulation of guns in Iowa were enacted by the legislature this session. Major reforms were made to the purchasing, carrying, and use of firearms – specifically handguns. House File 517 makes the permit to buy handguns valid for five years. Under current law, the permit is valid for just one year.…

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Dems: New Laws Taking Effect July 1

June 21, 2017

With the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, a host of new laws will take effect on July 1 relating to public health, workforce, and public safety. Lawmakers took action this session to stop texting while driving. Beginning July 1, law enforcement officers will now be able to pull over drivers and ticket them for…

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Dems: Domestic Abuse Mandatory Minimum Sentences Created

June 20, 2017

The legislature made several changes to stop domestic abuse this session, including mandatory minimums for repeat offenses of domestic abuse and better tracking and monitoring of abusers. The approved bill creates new mandatory minimum sentences for repeat offenses of domestic abuse. A mandatory minimum sentence of 1/5 of the criminal penalty is required for a…

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Dems: Criminal Justice Reforms Sent to Governor

June 16, 2017

Significant criminal justice reform measures were passed by the legislature this year. Senate File 445 will bring the penalties for crack cocaine offenses more in line with powder cocaine penalties. The bill will also give the courts more discretion in sentencing for some crimes. The bill lowers the crack-powder discrepancy that exists in current law…

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