Posts Tagged ‘ Capitol Update ’

GOP: Protecting Iowans from Drug Addiction

June 26, 2017
GOP: Protecting Iowans from Drug Addiction

Protecting Iowans from Drug Addiction America’s opioid epidemic continues to worsen, and is spreading rapidly across the country. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, the majority of which come from heroin and other opioids.  While Iowa’s prescription drug abuse rate is lower than the US average,…

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GOP: Meet Katie

April 14, 2017
GOP: Meet Katie

Meet Katie In this week’s newsletter, I would like to introduce our office page this session, Miss Katie Simpson from Spencer, Iowa. We selected Katie to serve as a leadership page this session for many reasons including her attention to detail and bright personality, and she proved to be an invaluable asset to our office.…

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GOP: Supporting Families Facing Autism

April 7, 2017
GOP: Supporting Families Facing Autism

Supporting Families Facing Autism Parents who have children with autism face a host of unique challenges including costly treatment and therapy. For several years, the legislature has worked to extend insurance coverage for these services so caregivers can better access the quality care that their children need to succeed. Earlier this month, we were able…

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GOP: Protecting Iowans and Their Rights

March 31, 2017
GOP: Protecting Iowans and Their Rights

Protecting Iowans and Their Rights Governor Branstad released his revised Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal on Tuesday to reflect the Revenue Estimating Conference’s (REC) adjusted revenue projections. His plan uses $131.1 million from the Cash Reserve Fund to cover the FY 2017 revenue shortfall which he plans to repay by using the FY 2018…

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GOP: Smart Sentencing Reform

March 24, 2017
GOP: Smart Sentencing Reform

Smart Sentencing Reform As we approach the second legislative funnel and enter the final weeks of session, the House continues work on priority legislation and the budget. This week, we passed a number of bills including HF 548 which improves stroke care by establishing a centralized database for stroke reporting. We also passed HF 571…

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GOP: Protecting Iowa’s Election Integrity

March 10, 2017
GOP: Protecting Iowa’s Election Integrity

Protecting Iowa’s Election Integrity This week, committee members worked tirelessly to pass priority legislation ahead of the first legislative funnel deadline. Legislative funnels were first enacted in the Iowa Legislature in 1979 as a bipartisan solution to keep session running on schedule, encourage members to work together on important issues, and help narrow the focus…

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GOP: School Funding Flexibility

March 3, 2017
GOP: School Funding Flexibility

School Funding Flexibility This week, committee members worked tirelessly to pass priority legislation ahead of the first legislative funnel deadline. Legislative funnels were first enacted in the Iowa Legislature in 1979 as a bipartisan solution to keep session running on schedule, encourage members to work together on important issues, and help narrow the focus on…

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GOP: Collective Bargaining: Fact vs. Fiction

February 13, 2017
GOP: Collective Bargaining: Fact vs. Fiction

Collective Bargaining: Fact vs. Fiction Each legislative session is governed by a set of deadlines that help keep the session on pace and give necessary structure to our work. There are two funnels each session, the first of which is March 3. In order to meet these impending deadlines and respect the full legislative process,…

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GOP: Expanding the Focus

February 3, 2017
GOP: Expanding the Focus

Expanding the Focus As we wrap up our fourth full week of session, our attention remains steady on setting Supplemental School Aid (SSA), and the broader school funding conversation. As stated in last week’s newsletter, House Republicans want to expand the discussion beyond percentages, and keep other key issues at the forefront such as allowing…

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GOP: Making Progress

January 27, 2017
GOP: Making Progress

Making Progress  When the Iowa Legislature adjourned last year, we passed a budget that was balanced based on revenue projections. Over the course of the first six months of the fiscal year, revenue has increased, but it did so at a much slower rate than anticipated. When we returned this year, it became our first…

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