House Republican Caucus Newsletter – September 14, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 9-14-17

  • Iowa Teacher Salaries Improving Annually
  • Cannabidiol Access May be Delayed Because of Attorney General’s Recommendation
  • What is Really Happening with Overtime Compensation for State Employees?
  • Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund, or Regents Infrastructure Fund?
  • On Shaky Ground – Sales Tax on Amazon Purchases

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – August 31, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 8-31-17

In this edition:

  • Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Is Still a Work in Progress and Why That’s a Good Thing for Iowans
  • IPERS Sees Large Investment Return Performance
  • The State Has to Backfill TIF?
  • Biggest Income Tax Credit in Iowa? The Earned Income Tax Credit

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2018 Legislative Page Program

Each year the Iowa General Assembly employs Iowa high school juniors and seniors from across the state to serve as Pages for the legislative session.

The duties of Legislative Pages varies slightly, but they generally provide valuable assistance to legislators and legislative staff.  Tasks include running the chamber switchboard, delivering messages, distributing legislation, assisting committee chairpersons and sorting amendments. Pages are paid and many schools offer class credit for a student’s work in the Legislature.

House Republicans are encouraging interested students to apply for the 2018 Page program to see their state government in action and receive an invaluable experience.

The application for the 2018 Legislative Page Program is due no later than Friday, October 6, 2017.

2018 Legislative Page Application Packet (Read this first)

2018 Legislative Page Online Application

Legislative Page Checklist

 

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Stopgap Measure will stabilize Iowa’s collapsing health insurance market

A new school year is upon us and evenings will soon be filled with fall sports and other school activities. Best of luck to all Iowa students, teachers, and parents for a successful new school year!

Iowa once had a stable and affordable health insurance market where premiums were low and there were several choices for consumers.  Iowa also had a functioning high-risk pool for those individuals who could not obtain insurance through private companies.  Following the enactment of Obamacare and its mandates, Iowa’s market has collapsed, which has resulted in skyrocketing premiums and a lack of options for consumers.

Earlier this year, Iowa made national headlines when two of the three statewide health insurance carriers announced that they would no longer be participating in the individual insurance marketplace.  That has left  72,000 Iowans with just one choice for health insurance, which will also see large premium increases of 43-56% in 2018.

In an effort to stabilize our insurance market, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen has put together a temporary solution, known as the “Stopgap Measure,” to give Iowans an option for health coverage next year.  This plan will require Federal approval from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

It’s critical that the Stopgap Measure receives Federal approval to preserve health insurance access for thousands of Iowans.  I recently sent a letter of support to HHS and CMS urging them to act quickly and approve Iowa’s plan because without the Stopgap Measure, Iowans will be left with no options next year.

While the Stopgap is not a permanent fix, doing nothing at this time isn’t an option.  What this plan will do, is give Congress additional time to move forward with replacing Obamacare with something that makes health insurance more accessible and affordable to Iowa families.

If the Stopgap Measure isn’t approved by the Federal Government, 72,000 Iowans will have limited options for health coverage next year.  While some will continue to purchase insurance at higher rates, others will simply go without coverage or could leave the state.  A decision on the approval will hopefully be made by the time open enrollment begins on November 1.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or feedback that you may have.  You can reach me at linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa.gov or (515) 281-3521.

Speaker Upmeyer Stopgap Support Letter

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – August 17, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 8-17-17

In this edition:

  • Whatever Happened to the Regents Tier Study?
  • Iowa Stopgap Measure Updates: ARRC Passes Rules, Economic and Actuarial Analysis Published
  • Study Finds Iowa Medicaid Patients’ Satisfaction Ranks Second in Nation
  • PERB Files Emergency Rules – Retention and Recertification Elections

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A Skilled and Competitive Workforce

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A Skilled and Competitive Workforce

Summer continues to move right along which means the Iowa State Fair is just around the corner. The State Fair is a wonderful opportunity for families from across the Midwest to spend time together and learn about the impact that agriculture has here in Iowa and around the globe.

The Fair runs this year from August 10-20. I hope you’re able to make the trip to Des Moines and enjoy one of our state’s premier events!

Iowa’s unemployment rate has been near record lows for the last several months with the current rate at 3.2%. This is good news for Iowa, and while more Iowans are working than ever, businesses continue to hire. Unfortunately, employers are struggling to find enough workers with the skills needed to fill their job openings.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – July 27, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 7-27-17

In this edition:

  • Other States See Actual FY 17 Revenue Fall Short of Projections
  • House GOP Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic In Iowa
  • IPERS Remains One of the Strongest Public Pension Systems in the Country
  • Iowa’s Renewable Energy Installation Tax Credits

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – June 29, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 6-29-17

  • Auditor Gives Budget Passing Grade
  • IEDA Tax Incentive Series: Targeted Jobs Withholding Tax Credit
  • How to Acquire a Medical Cannabidiol Registration Card
  • Iowa’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit

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Notable Bills in Effect July 1, 2017

The following is a list of notable bills that will be going into effect on July 1st.

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Agriculture

House File 469 – SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICTS – changed prior law that only allows one soil conservation and water quality district commissioner to live in the same township to allow two commissions on such a board to live in the same township. Effective July, 1, 2017

House File 617 – IDALS BILL – made a number a number of Code clean-up and updates: name-changes, IDALS fee efficiency modifications, conforming with federal law provision alterations, changes in the ‘terms-of arts’; and explicit definition that replaced inferred definitions.  18 of the 57 sections deal with changing the state committee and local districts of ‘Soil Conservation’ to ‘Soil Conservation and Water Quality’ to conform with the name change of the IDALS Division of Soil Conservation and Water Quality made in 2015 session.  13 of the 57 sections of the bill deal with transforming the length of numerous licenses IDALS issues from annual to biennial and doubling the fee so the amount that IDALS collects stays the same on an annualized basis but IDALS licensing cost are about one-half of what they were since the licenses are now for two year terms. labeling of motor fuel pumps dispensing certain ethanol blended gasoline, the use of scales, providing for penalties, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.  This legislation for the most part went into effect July 1, 2017, with the exception that fertilizer and soil conditioner product license length and fee changes go into effect June 1, 2018.  Parts of the bill are effective June 1, 2017 with the balance of the bill effective July, 1, 2017

Senate File 357 – ELECTRIC LICENSING EXEMPTIONS – changed Iowa law to explicitly exempt farmers/farms from electric licensing provisions applicable to electricians and electrical contractors if such facilities and operations are not commonly open to the public. Effective July, 1, 2017

Senate File 362 – CLAIMS AGAINST FAIRS – changes Iowa law to bar claims against county or district fairs for damages arising out of the transmission of pathogens from certain animals housed on the fairgrounds. Effective July, 1, 2017

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Protecting Iowans from Drug Addiction

Protecting Iowans from Drug Addiction

America’s opioid epidemic continues to worsen, and is spreading rapidly across the country. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, the majority of which come from heroin and other opioids.

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