Policy Spotlight: Reducing the Cost of Government

Policy Spotlight

House Republicans Cut Wasteful Practices

Last session, House Republicans unanimously voted on the Department of Administrative Services bill which eliminated wasteful and unnecessary practices.  This bill (House File 2288) addresses various reporting eliminations and other time-specific or purchasing requirements applicable to the Department of Administrative Services and other state agencies.

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Candidate Profile: Zach Nunn

Nunn headshot #2Zach Nunn, of Bondurant, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running for House District 30 which includes Altoona and Bondurant.

A sixth-generation Iowan and Altoona native, Zach grew up the son of a public school teacher and a nurse.  He learned early the value of a hard work from his grandfather, a livestock farmer and head of the family’s 100+ year old Iowa farm.

Together, Zach and his wife Kelly, also an Altoona native, own and operate a small business.  They love raising their kids:  Addi (6) and Canon (4).

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Candidate Profile: Ronda Bern

FavoriteRonda Bern, of Urbandale, is seeking her first term in the Iowa House.  She is running for House District 40 which includes parts of Urbandale in Polk County.

Ronda was born and raised in Spencer where she attended Catholic grade school and graduated from Spencer High School. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Iowa State University. Ronda has been married to her high school sweetheart, Randy, for 24 years and they have two sons, Tucker and Blake.

As a homemaker and small business owner, Ronda knows what it is like to be dedicated to a family while staying active in the community and school and balancing the demands of business ownership. She and her husband own Vannguard Utility Partners, a multi-state underground locating business and provide jobs to around 200 people.

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Meet Our Members – Rob Taylor

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Representative Rob Taylor is currently serving his first term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 44th District which includes Clive, Waukee, and West Des Moines.

Rep. Taylor is the Vice Chairman of the Environmental Protection committee and the Education budget subcommittee.  He also serves on the Commerce, Economic Growth, and Human Resources committees.

Rob is the sales director for a locally owned petroleum distributor in central Iowa. He also serves as a consultant and trainer for the automotive and agricultural industry. He is a diesel and bio-fuel specialist with experience in agricultural equipment and municipal transportation. Rob serves as an adjunct instructor at DMACC and William Penn University.

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Policy Spotlight – EMS Tax Credits

Policy Spotlight

Volunteer EMS, Fire Fighters, and Reserve Peace Officers Tax Credit Increased

Last session House Republicans voted unanimously for House File 2459 to increase the tax credit for volunteer fire fighters and volunteer emergency medical services personnel. The legislation also added reserve peace officers to the persons eligible for the credit.

The bill increased the existing tax credit from $50 to $100. The credit is non-refundable. House Republicans continue to support our state’s volunteer emergency services personnel and will look for other ways to recognize the necessary service these individuals provide to Iowa communities.

HF 2459 Bill Analysis


Never Forget

remember 911Today we remember those who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11th, 2001.

Governor Branstad has ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.


House Republicans Release Information on Legislative Page Program


(DES MOINES)  — House Republicans today released information on the Iowa Legislative Page program.  Each year the Iowa House of Representatives, the Iowa Senate and Legislative Services Agency (LSA) employ Iowa high school juniors and seniors to serve as Pages for the legislative session which begins in January.

Duties of the Senate Pages, House Pages, and LSA Pages vary slightly but generally Pages provide invaluable assistance to Representatives or Senators and staff by assisting with tasks such as the switchboard, delivering messages, distributing legislation, assisting committee chairpersons or sorting amendments. Pages are paid and many schools grant credit for a student’s work in the Legislature.

House Republicans are encouraging local students to apply for the 2015 Page program.

“I hope area students will apply to serve as Legislative Pages.  It is a worthwhile opportunity for students to gain real world experiences, see firsthand how laws are made, and interact with their government and elected officials,” said Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen.

The application for the 2015 Legislative Page Program is due no later than Friday, October 3, 2014.  To receive more information or an application, visit: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/agencies/careers/page.


Policy Spotlight: Online Drivers License Renewal

Policy Spotlight

Faster and Easier Driver’s License Renewal Options for Iowans

In 2013, House Republicans voted unanimously on House File 355, allowing for online driver’s license renewal.  The legislation expands the Department of Transportation’s authorization to renew driver’s licenses to include electronic license renewal pursuant to rules adopted by the Department. Current law requires a renewal applicant to pass either a vision test or file a vision report. Under this section, if an applicant is renewing electronically—he/she can do so without the vision test or report.

With the passage of this legislation, House Republicans continue to recognize the changing technology by bringing updated services to Iowans.  This bill allows citizens to save time and money, and gets suitable drivers back on the road faster.

HF 355 Bill Analysis


Candidate Profile: James Butler

©mrogalla photographyJames Butler, of St. Charles, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running for House District 26 which includes portions of Warren County.

James was born in Des Moines, and growing up he was taught the value of a dollar and a hard day’s labor.  After graduating from Roosevelt High School, James earned his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Des Moines Area Community College.  He was hired as a Des Moines Police Cadet in 1988 and a Police Officer in 1990.  During that time he also earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from Simpson College.  He also holds to Master of Arts Degrees:  One in Public Administration from Drake University, and one in Criminal Justice from Simpson College.

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Candidate Profile: Patrick Payton

Payton headshotPatrick Payton, of Newton, is seeking his first term in the Iowa House.  He is running for House District 29 which includes portions of Jasper County.

Patrick grew up in a working-class family on the east side of Des Moines.  He worked his way through school and graduated from Drake University, becoming a teacher.  Eventually, he decided to practice law and graduated from Drake Law School.  After graduation, he set up his law practice in Des Moines.  Patrick has also earned a Ph.D. in Education from Iowa State University and has taught at several universities.

Patrick has live in Newton with his wife, Della, for over 20 years and has served 20 years on the Board of Directors for the bipartisan Governor’s Safety Conference.  He now wants to take his experiences and serve his community in the Iowa House.

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