Meet Our Members – Cecil Dolecheck

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Representative Cecil Dolecheck just finished serving his tenth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 24th District, which includes Bedford, Clarinda, Mount Ayr, and Shenandoah.

Rep. Dolecheck is the Chairman of the Education Appropriation budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, and Education committees.

Cecil was born on May 30, 1951, in Mount Ayr. He graduated from the Mt. Ayr Community School District in 1969 prior to attending Iowa Sate University for two years, when he returned to assist his father on the family farm. His father, Ivan, and mother, Leola, farmed in Ringold County near Mount Ayr.

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Meet Our Member – David Sieck

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David Sieck represents House District 23, and just finished serving his first term in the Iowa House after winning a special election in February 2015. In the House, David serves as the Vice Chair of the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Education, Environmental Protection, Human Resources, and Public Safety Committees.  Read more »

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update

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Summer Reading Pilot Study Kicks Off

A new summer reading pilot program is now underway. This program, being conducted in 44 school districts and reaching around 1,800 students, will serve as an opportunity for schools to identify best practices to most effectively help third-grade students who are not proficient in reading by the end of third-grade.

In 2012, the Iowa Legislature passed the Iowa Early Reading Initiative as part of a broader education reform initiative. The law requires students’ reading proficiency to be tracked from the earliest grades to determine if the student is on track to reach proficiency. Students that are in danger of not reading at a proficient level would receive additional resources to help catch up. Read more »

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Meet Our Members – Greg Forristall

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Representative Greg Forristall just finished serving his fifth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 22nd District, which includes Macedonia and Avoca.

Rep. Forristall is the Chairman of the Labor committee, and also serves on the Education, Human Resources, and Ways & Means committees.

Greg grew up on the family farm near Macedonia, and after graduation from Carson-Macedonia High School, he went on to earn bachelor and master degrees in music at the University of Iowa.

Greg currently resides in Macedonia with his wife, Carol, who taught music in Iowa public schools for thirty-five years. Greg farmed for 25 years and also worked in the financial services and information technology industries.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – July 14, 2016

A new version of the June 2016 Newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – July 14

In this edition:

  • Fiscal Year 2016 ends with revenue bump in June, but still lags behind REC projections
  • Iowa Leaders Send letter to President Obama on Proposed RFS Rule
  • Summer Reading Pilot Programs Begin
  • West Des Moines Among Top Places To Retire in U.S.

Newsletters will be distributed every other Thursday throughout the interim.

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Meet Our Members – Tom Moore

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Tom Moore just finished serving his first year in the Iowa House, winning a mid-term special election in December 2015.

Tom taught history and physical education and coached for 33 years at Grinnell and Griswold Community Schools. He followed that career with 8 years as Assistant Manager at Southewest Iowa Egg Cooperative. Read more »

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Fiscal New Year

Happy 240th birthday to the greatest country on earth, the United States of America!  I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Independence Day filled with family and friends.  It was great to see and talk with so many Iowans during the Clear Lake parade.

I also want to say thank you to the men and women of our armed forces who keep us safe every day and defend or freedom and independence.  We all owe you a great debt of gratitude. Read more »

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Meet Our Members – Clel Baudler

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Representative Clel Baudler just finished serving his ninth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 20th District, which includes Greenfield, Guthrie Center, and Perry.

Rep. Baudler is the Chairman of the Public Safety committee, and also serves on the Environmental Protection, Government Oversight, and Natural Resources committees. Read more »

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update

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New Legislation Effective July 1

The beginning of July marks a great time of year. We celebrate Independence Day, enjoy the beautiful weather, and spend time with those we love. My family has already kicked off our summer fun with visits to several of our state parks, family cookouts, bike rides, and more.

In state government, the beginning of July is also noteworthy. July 1 is the first day of the state’s fiscal year and the date most legislation signed into law this year goes into effect. Along with the beginning of our new state budget, here are some notable laws effective July 1:
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Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2016

Several bills passed during the 2016 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Highlights from the 2016 session include:

House File 2278 and Senate File 2191 – Human Trafficking

These laws establish an office in the Department of Public Safety to oversee and coordinate efforts to combat human trafficking.  They also extend the statute of limitations for kidnapping and human trafficking committed on a person who is under 18, to 10 years after the person turns 18.

Senate File 2218 – Opioid Antagonist

This law allows emergency medical professionals to obtain a supply of opioid antagonists (such as Narcan), to be administered in the event of a drug overdose. Narcan and other drugs like it, can delay an overdose long enough for first responders to get the victim necessary help.

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