Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 30

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Week Eleven Press Conference Highlights

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The Paulsen Perspective: Simple Math

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The Revenue Estimating Conference met on March 19 for its required meeting during the legislative session. All three members of the REC said there had been little change in the economic factors since their last meeting in December. Economic growth in the US and Iowa remains solid, if at a modest pace. Iowa’s collections from income tax withholding remain strong. The average work week is now at 42 hours and wage growth is beginning to pick up in-state, even though is has yet to reach the level seen before the 2008 recession.

There is concern over Iowa’s ag economy. The state saw a loss of manufacturing and ag machinery jobs in the last few months and the Rural Main Street Index fell below neutral levels. The strong dollar is having an impact on export markets, which are a key part of Iowa’s ag economy. Average corn prices are still 43 percent below their 2013 highs with significant supplies still in the bins.

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Under the Golden Dome, Too – March 27

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In preparation for next week’s second legislative funnel week, we passed many bills to the Senate this week that make our state stronger and an even greater place to raise a family. In order for these priorities to remain eligible for consideration this year, they must pass out of a Senate policy committee next week.

Included in these bills is legislation to protect the rights of military families at the funerals of our fallen service men and women to have the respectful and honorable ceremony they deserve. Another bill increases confidentiality measures for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, and human trafficking. Appropriations, Ways & Means, and Government Oversight bills are exempt from the funnel rules.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, March 26

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 26

newsletter thumbnailA new March 2015 newsletter is available for viewing.  Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 3-26-2015

In this edition:

  • REC Drops Revenue Estimate
  • Iowa’s Economy in an “Emergency”?  Not even close
  • School Start Date Bill Moving
  • Weapons Use Bill Sits in Senate
  • House Ways and Means Passes Bill to Allow Fireworks Sales in Iowa
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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, March 25

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Weekend Forum Schedule

Click the forum schedule below to see where your Representative is holding forums this upcoming weekend.

Weekly Forum Schedule

March 22 – March 28

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Tuesday, March 24

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

To see the full House Debate Calendar, click here.

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Positive Feedback on the Passage of House File 549

Last week the House passed House File 549, which makes a few minor tweaks to the way binding arbitration works for school districts and Area Education Agencies.  Below are just a few responses received from House Republican Representatives showing support for the bill.

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