House Republican Caucus Newsletter – May 18, 2017

A new version of the May 2017 Newsletter is available for viewing: 

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Caucus Newsletter 5-18-17

In this edition:

  • Worker’s Compensation Update
  • Providing Flexibility and Local Control for School Districts
  • An Overview of Iowa’s New Collective Bargaining Law
  • Medical Cannabidiol will be Grown, Produced, and Sold in Iowa

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Speaker Upmeyer Issues Statement on the Passing of Rep. Greg Forristall

Rep. Greg Forristall

Speaker of the Iowa House Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement in response to the passing of Rep. Greg Forristall (R-Macedonia):

“Our hearts are heavy today with the passing of Rep. Greg Forristall, who fought courageously during his  battle with cancer.  He was a dedicated public servant to the people he represented and an advocate for the arts and education, two issues that he was incredibly passionate for.  He will be sorely missed.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Greg’s family and friends, but especially to his wife, Carol.  Carol served alongside Greg for many years in the House as his clerk and is a fellow member of the House Republican family.”

Forristall was born in Council Bluffs and grew up on the family farm near Macedonia and attended Carson-Macedonia schools where he graduated in 1968.  He went on to attend the University of Iowa, graduating in 1972 and earned a Master of Arts degree in 1973.  Greg married Carol in 1978, and she taught music in Iowa public schools for 35 years.

Forristall was elected to serve his sixth term in the Iowa House last November.  During his tenure in the Legislature, he served as Chairman of the Education Committee from 2011-2013 and the Labor Committee from 2013-2017.

Forristall was active in the community with organizations such as the Council Bluffs Sister Cities, Farm Bureau, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Western Community College Board.  He was a member of the United States Grain Council and served on the Iowa State Board of Education, the Iowa Western Community College Board and the Iowa Community College Council.

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks for the 2017 Session

This was a session in which we all came in a little unsure of how to read the message from the election. What seemed clear however, is that voters were tired of the status quo and they weren’t very interested in shoulder shrugs or finger-pointing from their representatives.

Voters wanted government to get work done and to work on their behalf. In short, the message from Iowans is that they wanted a better deal.

We took that to heart and while congress still looks like a pickup truck stuck in mud, we rolled our sleeves up and got to work.

Rather than being restrained by tradition or status quo, we accepted the challenge of doing the hard things.

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Closing Remarks for the 2017 Session

Each year, we convene at the Statehouse to do the work of the people. Our constituents send us here to be their voice and make Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family. They expect us to work hard, work together, and move our state forward. The people of this great state do not send us here to maintain and protect the status quo.

This session, House Republicans did what we said we would do. We listened, we made adjustments, and most importantly, we let the legislative process work. We advanced bold legislation that balances the scales in a number of areas and creates greater opportunities for all Iowans.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 20, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 4-20-17

In this Edition:

  • How Iowa’s Ending Balance Has been Used
  • Judiciary Bills Signed by the Governor
  • House Passes RIIF Budget Bill
  • Public Input Sought on Fine Arts Standards

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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. This young woman has a very bright future ahead of her, and will accomplish many things inside and outside the world of politics. I asked her to write a short summary of her time at the State Capitol:

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Meet Rachel

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Meet Rachel

We’ve finally had some nice weather and farmers will soon be headed out to the fields for planting. When farmers head back to the fields, that’s normally a good indication that our work in Des Moines is coming to an end.  That continues to hold true this year.

We are wrapping up the final policy bills of the session and work on the budget continues.  Our budget plan makes investments in key priorities and protects essential functions of government.  We’ve fought hard to protect funding for K-12 schools, as well as provide additional funding for community colleges and put more State Troopers on our highways.

Each session, high school students from across the state are given the unique opportunity to work as pages in the Iowa Legislature.  This once in a lifetime experience gives students the chance to see the inner workings of state government and make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.

I’ve had the opportunity to sit alongside an incredible young woman, Rachel Zumbach of Coggon, who has served as the Speaker’s page this session.  In this week’s newsletter she shares her experience:

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 13, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 4-13-17

In this edition:

  • Iowa Budget – A Six Year Review

House Dems offered $3.35 billion in extra spending over last 6 years

  • Iowa’s High School Graduation Increases Again
  • What the Firearms Bill Does and Does Not Do
  • Voter Integrity Will Benefit All Iowans

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, April 11

HF 625 Dependent Care Box

SF 493 Lake Delhi

Transportation Budget Bill Analysis – FY 18-19

SF 411 -Licensing by DPH and IWDdocx

SF 451 – Interest Calculations on County Payments – 2017-04-10

 

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Monday, April 10

HF 516 – HSB 93 – Voter Integrity Act

SF 399 – HSB 78 – SOS Technical Bill

SF 234 texting and driving

HSB20 – HF216 – HF626 – IID filing fees

HSB36 – HF 555 – HF 621 – IEDA omnibus

SF 404 – Right to Try

SF 484 – Board of Pharmacy

SF 446 Civil Asset Forefiture

HF 251 HSB 35 Trespassing

SF 403 Theft of Rental Property

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