Capitol Update – Week Four (February 4)

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On Monday, February 1, more than 186,000 Republicans showed up to cast their ballots and be the first to weigh in on choosing the next President of the United States. This record-setting turnout shows Republicans are energized and enthusiastic for November and the opportunity to move our country forward. In my own precinct, we had many voters register for the first time or change their registration from Democrat or No Party to the Republican Party.

I am very pleased with how our Republican caucuses were conducted.  New technology implemented this year gave us increased confidence in the integrity of the process and the results.  I have many friends who were a part of these campaigns, both as volunteers and also as paid staff, and I am proud of their work. Read more »

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Energized and Enthusiastic

The caucuses and winter weather gave us a bit of a slow start to begin the week, but once everyone made it to Des Moines we got right back into the swing of things.  Committees and subcommittees met frequently this week on a variety of topics and continue to do their work.

The state seems a bit quieter now that the 2016 First in the Nation Iowa Caucuses have concluded.  All of the candidates, and the horde of media that follow them, have moved on to New Hampshire and South Carolina for the next steps in the Presidential nomination process.

Over 186,000 Iowa Republicans came out to caucus on a cold night with the threat of a blizzard on the horizon.  The number of Republicans coming out to vote shattered the previous turnout record of 121,000 set 2012, and each of the top three vote getters (Sen. Cruz, Mr. Trump and Sen. Rubio) surpassed Gov. Huckabee’s previous single candidate record of 40,000 votes.  Additionally, I have heard from numerous people that caucus locations were filled with newly registered Republicans and first-time caucus attendees. Read more »

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Week 4 Press Conference Highlights

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 4

A new February 2016 newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – February 4

In this edition:

  • Senate Democrats’ FY 2016 Supplemental Spending Plan Makes Changes to RIIF and Ending Balance
  • IDALS Releases Iowa Water Quality Initiative 2016 Legislative Report
  • SAVE Bills See Action in the House
  • House Republicans Advance Reasonable Personal Protection Measures for Firearm Owners
  • Tax Fraudsters Beware

Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session.

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Meet Our Members – Tom Sands

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Representative Tom Sands is currently serving his seventh term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 88th District which includes Columbus Junction, Wapello, and Mediapolis.

Rep. Sands is the Chairman of the Ways & Means committee and also serves on the Commerce, Ethics, and Legislative Council committees.

Tom was born on September 13, 1954 in Muscatine.  He grew up in Columbus Junction and graduated from Columbus Junction High School in 1972.  Following graduation, Tom attended Muscatine Community College.  Currently, Tom works as a banker, real estate appraiser, and owner of the family farm.

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Week 3 Press Conference Highlights

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Putting the pieces together

Some of the big pieces of this year’s session are beginning to fall into place and the Legislature is moving along efficiently.  Committees and subcommittees are hard at work doing their business with the Iowans they represent in their minds.  The Capitol has been full of Iowans each week and I’ve had many opportunities to speak with people from back home in while they’re visiting Des Moines.

This week, the House continued to move forward on an education funding proposal, by passing an increased investment for our K-12 schools.  The bill passed by the House provides schools with an additional $81 million in funding, so that they can invest in technology and curriculum needed to improve the classroom experience for their students.  When you combine this with an additional $53 million in funding for the Teacher Leadership Compensation system passed as a part of education reform in 2013, 84% of new available revenue will be going towards education in Iowa this session.  Schools in north Iowa with TLC Read more »

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Capitol Update – Week Three (January 28)

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In my opening remarks on the first day of session, I set forth as a priority that House Republicans would work quickly and diligently on the priority needs of Iowans, especially on the issue of K-12 education funding. Keeping with that promise, the first bill that I brought forward for debate as House Majority Leader was Supplemental State Aid for the coming fiscal year.

This new commitment made by House Republicans provides a funding increase for K-12 schools totaling $81 million. Combined with an additional investment in the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System, we will have dedicated 84 percent of the $153 million in new available revenue to go towards K-12 education. The bill is now in conference committee where House Republicans will work to reach consensus with the Senate as quickly as possible. Read more »

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 28

A new January 2016 newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – January 28, 2016

In this edition:

    • Senate Democrats’ Budget Targets Bring Back Memories of Governor Culver
    • House Panel Gets Summary of 2015 Avian Influenza Impacts
    • Broadband Update
    • Annual Condition of Education Report Available
    • House Passes Increased Funding for Education
    • Tax Coupling Bill Debated in House

This is the second newsletter for the 2016 session.  Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session.

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday January 28

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

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