Protecting Iowans and Their Rights

Protecting Iowans and Their Rights

Governor Branstad released his revised Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal on Tuesday to reflect the Revenue Estimating Conference’s (REC) adjusted revenue projections. His plan uses $131.1 million from the Cash Reserve Fund to cover the FY 2017 revenue shortfall which he plans to repay by using the FY 2018 ending balance and appropriating $26.3 million in FY 2019.

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Moving Forward

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Moving Forward

The second legislative funnel deadline has passed which has narrowed our list of bills that remain eligible this session.  With many policy discussions resolved, our attention will be focused on the budget as we work to complete our business on time this session.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 30, 2017

A new version of the March 2017 Newsletter is available for viewing: 

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 3-30-17

In this edition:

  • Governor Releases Revised Budget for FY 2018 & 2019
  • Worker’s Compensation: An Update
  • House GOP Passes Eminent Domain Bill on the Floor
  • Fireworks in Time for the Fourth of July

All House Republican newsletters are available at www.iowahouserepublicans.com.  Follow us on twitter @IAHouseGOP.

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News Briefing

  • Iowa House passes ban on abortion after 20 weeks, dropping ‘heartbeat’ measure:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad hopes fiscal 2018 budget accord close to his plan:  QCTIMES
  • GOP lawmakers likely to go lower than governor’s revised budget plan:  RADIOIOWA
  • Funding bleak for Iowa universities:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa House roundup: Fireworks, impaired driving bills advance:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Capitol Digest: Lawmakers honor ‘Iowa’s Betsy Ross’:  QCTIMES
  • Feds’ tab could hit $225 million to help Medicaid firms cover Iowa losses:  REGISTER
  • Iowa regulator’s confirmation delayed after AP report:  AP
  • Iowa Republicans in Congress voted to repeal internet privacy rules:  GAZETTE
  • Pharmacies start selling heroin antidote without prescription:  REGISTER
  • Lee County passes minimum wage increase:  RADIOIOWA
  • Johnson County prepares for minimum wage pre-emption:  GAZETTE
  • ‘Where’s my money?’ Iowa taxpayers wonder as anti-fraud security causes refund delays:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Branstad revises Iowa spending increases downward:  GAZETTE
  • GOP pushes ‘heartbeat’ bill to ban abortions early:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Democrats promise fight on bill banning abortion if heartbeat is detected:  REGISTER
  • Iowa officials: Livestock approval system needs updates:  SCJOURNAL
  • Traffic camera rules pass House panel:  GAZETTE
  • Texting ban unanimously approved by transportation panel:  WCFCOURIER
  • Legislators moving to classify Palmer amaranth as a ‘noxious weed’:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa Senate votes to reform asset forfeiture law:  QCTIMES
  • Google, Microsoft, back Iowa constitutional amendment:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Politics Today: Bottle deposit reform headed back to the recycling bin:  GAZETTE
  • State considers $8.6 million in hunting, fishing fee increases:  REGISTER
  • Senate votes to ease rules for Lake Delhi dam financing:  RADIOIOWA
  • Just 42 percent of Iowa doctors registered with Prescription Monitoring Program:  RADIOIOWA
  • Safe haven for abandoned newborns expanded under Iowa Senate bill:  REGISTER
  • Grassley bill would increase penalties for candy-flavored drugs:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa regulator keeps busy private law practice:  AP
  • Turtle protections take effect in Iowa:  REGISTER
  • Iowa State stands by lecturer who assigned 9/11 essay from the perspective of terrorists:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Iowa farmland values rise slightly:  GAZETTE
  • Sides clash over water works bill in radio ads:  REGISTER
  • County Health Rankings show Black Hawk slipping:  WCFCOURIER
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News Briefing

  • Iowa Senate sends workers compensation changes to Branstad:  SCJOURNAL
  • Minimum wage hikes in four counties likely undone soon:  RADIOIOWA
  • Tougher domestic abuse penalties advance in Legislature:  REGISTER
  • Iowa House votes to abolish compensation boards:  SCJOURNAL
  • House bill classifies ‘revenge porn’ as criminal harassment:  RADIOIOWA
  • House seems likely to follow Senate lead on traffic cameras:  WCFCOURIER
  • House panel OKs bill to toughen texting and driving law:  AP
  • Branstad defends pledge to help Medicaid firms cover losses:  REGISTER
  • Branstad calls IPERS’ changes ‘prudent’ to shore up statewide pension fund:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Capitol Digest: Wind production increases:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Grassley quizzes opposition research firm on Trump-Russia dossier:  QCTIMES
  • Representative Blum confident new federal health care plan will emerge:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa lawmakers remain confident on Cedar Rapids flood project assistance:  GAZETTE
  • What Iowa could learn from Wisconsin’s collective bargaining changes:  REGISTER
  • Ben Allen to start Iowa State work next month:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa State president search: Same process as last time, regents say:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Cedar Rapids makes pitch in court to keep traffic cameras:  GAZETTE
  • UI looking to combine its foundation, alumni association:  PRESSCITIZEN
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March 20-24 Bill Analyses

HF 566 – HF 166 – Realignment of School Elections

HF 571 – HF 213 – Confidentiality of Video and Audio

HF 573 – Home Rule Statutory

HF 572 – WIOA

HF 576 – Background Investigations

HF 548 – Stroke Improvement

HF 531 – Asset Verification

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Smart Sentencing Reform

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Smart Sentencing Reform

As we approach the second legislative funnel and enter the final weeks of session, the House continues work on priority legislation and the budget. This week, we passed a number of bills including HF 548 which improves stroke care by establishing a centralized database for stroke reporting. We also passed HF 571 to protect Iowans’ privacy by making 911 calls involving a minor or sensitive medical information, confidential. Another important bill I want to touch on is HF 579 which makes smart, cost-saving reforms to our criminal justice system by removing mandatory minimums for several non-violent offenses.

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Broadening the Conversation

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Broadening the Conversation

Only about three weeks remain for this year’s session so our focus will soon turn to the state budget.  Budget chairs have already begun their work reviewing the various programs and line items in their budgets.

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News Briefing

  • Iowa Senate passes election-law changes:  GAZETTE
  • Some budget areas will get less state money next year:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Tax reform plan being drafted in Iowa Senate:  REGISTER
  • House panel to launch investigation of child welfare system:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa GOP lawmakers back statewide minimum wage, no increase:  AP
  • Iowa Republican leaders: No minimum wage increase:  GAZETTE
  • Bill reorganizing Des Moines Water Works stalls in Iowa House:  REGISTER
  • Fantasy sports wagering advances in Iowa House:  WCFCOURIER
  • Iowa wire transfer fee would fund criminal investigations:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad approves new rules for asbestos-related lawsuits:  RADIOIOWA
  • Capitol Digest: ‘Medical amnesty’ bill delayed:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • These families with children injured by doctor mistakes say they don’t want caps on malpractice payouts:  REGISTER
  • Todd Prichard announces exploratory bid for Iowa governor:  REGISTER
  • David Young loses support from Paul Ryan-run PAC over health care vote:  REGISTER
  • Iowa sheriffs dispute claim that they’re not cooperating with immigration officials:  REGISTER
  • Iowa City metro second-fastest growing in Iowa:  GAZETTE
  • Quad-City population shrinks, Census Bureau finds:  QCTIMES
  • Sioux City metro grew, but most of Siouxland losing population:  SCJOURNAL
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