Policy Spotlight: Removing Outdated and Unneeded Code

Policy Spotlight

Removal of Environmental Deadwood from the Code of Iowa and Expanded DNR Regulatory Flexibility

In the last General Assembly (the 85th) the Iowa House Environmental Protection Committee focused on updating and modernizing state environmental law to facilitate better education and greater flexibility for communities.  Over time, both federal and state environmental laws are expanded and rewritten the result in often confusion and conflict.  Frequently, prior state environmental law particulars get superseded by new state and/or federal environmental law changes and requirements.  The new legislation and regulations often do not simultaneously identify or repeal the replaced or superseded provisions resulting in duplication.  Additionally, new technology and communication systems arise that provide different and more expeditious means for regulatory entities to acquire and manage data and to disperse environmental information to the public concerned with environmental matters.  These two informational transformations can interact and sometimes collide when the public or the regulated entity uses the internet to research environmental laws on the books and runs across inoperative or conflicting laws which can in turn lead to confusion and environmental compliance mistakes by persons who unknowingly relies on no longer relevant environmental law provisions.

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Candidate Profile: Rick Giarusso

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Rick Giarusso, of Cedar Falls, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 59 which includes Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County.

Rick grew up in Wisconsin and earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Masters degree from Silver Lake College.  Rick enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, and was employed full-time by the Wisconsin Army National Guard in the Army’s Active Guard-Reserve program.  During that time he met and married Deb Harris, of Cedar Falls, and had a son, Ryan.  The family moved to Iowa, deciding Cedar Falls was the best place to raise a family.

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Candidate Profile: Nathan Bolton

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Nathan Bolton, of Waterloo, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 61 which includes Waterloo in Black Hawk County.

A lifelong resident of the Cedar Valley, Nathan is a graduate of Waterloo West High School, and received a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Northern Iowa in 2012.

Nathan served our country in the United States Marine Corps for six years, including overseas in the Iraq War.  Currently, he works at the Target Distribution Center in Cedar Falls.

Nathan is a single father to a six-year-old daughter, Grace.

Learn more about Nathan and visit his website at www.NathanBoltonForIowa.com.

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Meet Our Members – Guy Vander Linden

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Representative Guy Vander Linden is currently serving his second term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 79th District which includes Oskaloosa and Pella.

Rep. Vander Linden serves as the Chairman of the State Government committee, and also serves on the Administrative Rules Review, Commerce, and Ways & Means committees, as well as the Administration & Regulation budget subcommittee.

Guy was born and raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Iowa and holds a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California.

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The Weekly Review

ICYMIMonday, Sept. 22
Meet Our Members:  Linda Upmeyer

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Candidate Profile:  Darrel Branhagen (HD 55)
Candidate Profile:  Ryan Kilburg (HD 57)

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Policy Spotlight:  Child Care Assistance

Friday, Sept. 25
Rep. Stanerson goes “Over the Edge” for Special Olympics


Rep. Stanerson goes “Over the Edge” for Special Olympics


Rep. Quentin Stanerson raised over $1,000 to go “Over the Edge” for the Iowa Special Olympics last week.  A total of $106,000 was raised for the Special Olympics Iowa athletes at this event. This is the first year Rep. Stanerson has participated.  He repelled down the Financial Center in Des Moines — 345ft. straight down!

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Policy Spotlight – Child Care Assistance

Policy Spotlight

Child Care Assistance is a statewide subsidy program that helps pay for the care of a child while their parent works or goes to school.  CCA is available to the children of eligible parents with income at or below 145 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.  The parent also has to be absent for a portion of the day due to work or school.

The parent can choose from a variety of child care arrangements.  Options for who can care for the child include:

  • A licensed child care center
  • A registered child development home
  • A nonregistered child care home
  • Someone who cares for your children in your own home
  • A before/after school program, or
  • A child care program operated by an accredited public or nonpublic school

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Candidate Profile: Ryan Kilburg

Kilburg headshot #1Ryan Kilburg, of Zwingle, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 57 which includes most of Dubuque County.

Ryan was raised in Bellevue and graduated from Bellevue High School.  After high school he attended the American Institute of Business and received a diploma in Computer Science.

Ryan worked for All American Homes and Wausau Homes, helping small business owners build residential homes and commercial buildings before he became a small business owner himself.  After seven years running his own company, he went to work for IBM and is currently a Service Availability Manager.  He and his wife, Rachael, also custom raise dairy calves on their 10 acre farm with their 10 year-old twins, Ryan II and Rebecca.

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Candidate Profile: Darrel Branhagen

Branhagen headshotDarrel Branhagen, of Decorah, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running to represent House District 55 which includes parts of Clayton, Fayette, and Winneshiek Counties.

Darrel grew up in Decorah where he graduated from Decorah High School, and then earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin.  He also earned his law degree from Drake University in Des Moines.

After graduation, Darrel joined the Army and served in Panama, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.  In Afghanistan, he was Chief Coalition Military Advisor to the Afghanistan government.  He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Badge.  He served in the Army for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel.

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Meet Our Members – Linda Upmeyer

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Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer is currently serving her sixth term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 54th District which includes Clear Lake and Hampton.

Rep. Upmeyer serves as the House Majority Leader and also serves on the Administration & Rules committee.

Linda grew up in Garner on the family farm. She graduated from Garner High School in 1970. Following high school, she attended NIACC and the University of Iowa, where she received her BS in Nursing. She received her Master’s in Nursing from Drake University.  Outside of the Legislature, she is a cardiology nurse practitioner.

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