2012 Session Begins

This week marks the start of the 2012 session.

We kicked off the week on Monday, when I gave remarks to the Legislature which you can read here.

I am optimistic about this session. I believe we have the ability to do very positive things for the people of Iowa. With a little patience and commonsense, I am confident we will work with one another to make Iowa a better place to live and do business. After all, it is what Iowans sent us to the Capitol to do; they expect and deserve it.

On Tuesday the Governor came to the House to deliver his Condition of the State Address. I was pleased he released his budget quickly as it gives us ample time to go through every detail. We will immediately get to work on crafting a sustainable budget that funds the priorities of Iowans.

A couple of reminders – please visit www.kraigpaulsen.com for constant updates on what is happening at the Capitol. Our research staff compiles a lot of helpful information on the House Republicans’ website which I hope you will find useful.

Additionally, we have implemented a new video streaming capability in the House this year. For the first time, Iowans will have the ability to access live video and audio of House floor debate and proceedings. You can access the stream here.

Typically we begin each Monday at 1:00pm and the rest of the week at 8:30am. We will always work to provide more convenient access to the legislative process and increase transparency and openness for Iowans.

Lastly, you can find me on facebook (www.facebook.com/kraigpaulsen) twitter (@iahouserepubs) via email kraig.paulsen@legis.state.ia.us or my office phone is (515) 281-3521. Whichever way is most convenient for you, please feel free to contact me.