News Briefing

  • Iowa GOP wants school choice; results mixed among states with programs:  QCTIMES
  • Governor Branstad to D.C. Next Week for Hearings on Future Job in China:  WHOTV
  • Iowa summer reading programs go from ‘must do’ to ‘may do’:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad hailed as a ‘living legend’ at farewell event:  GAZETTE
  • ‘It’s been a dream,’ Branstad tells crowd at farewell reception:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey meets with Trump on farm issues:  USATODAY
  • GOP budget cuts state support of Iowa airports:  RADIOIOWA
  • Synthetic drugs lead to discipline for 5 inmates at State Penitentiary:  RADIOIOWA
  • University of Iowa officials eyeing campus reorganization:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa’s Barta: Jane Meyer was ‘disruptive,’ had to be removed:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Election 2018!  Democrat Pete D’Alessandro exploring congressional run in Iowa’s 3rd District:  REGISTER
  • Governors urge Congress to consider modification of National Defense Authorization Act:  QCTIMES
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Speaker Upmeyer’s Closing Remarks for the 2017 Session

This was a session in which we all came in a little unsure of how to read the message from the election. What seemed clear however, is that voters were tired of the status quo and they weren’t very interested in shoulder shrugs or finger-pointing from their representatives.

Voters wanted government to get work done and to work on their behalf. In short, the message from Iowans is that they wanted a better deal.

We took that to heart and while congress still looks like a pickup truck stuck in mud, we rolled our sleeves up and got to work.

Rather than being restrained by tradition or status quo, we accepted the challenge of doing the hard things.

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Closing Remarks for the 2017 Session

Each year, we convene at the Statehouse to do the work of the people. Our constituents send us here to be their voice and make Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family. They expect us to work hard, work together, and move our state forward. The people of this great state do not send us here to maintain and protect the status quo.

This session, House Republicans did what we said we would do. We listened, we made adjustments, and most importantly, we let the legislative process work. We advanced bold legislation that balances the scales in a number of areas and creates greater opportunities for all Iowans.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – April 20, 2017

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

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 4-20-17

In this Edition:

  • How Iowa’s Ending Balance Has been Used
  • Judiciary Bills Signed by the Governor
  • House Passes RIIF Budget Bill
  • Public Input Sought on Fine Arts Standards

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

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News Briefing

  • Water quality funding bill gets Iowa Senate OK; fate uncertain in House:  REGISTER
  • Senate rejects sales tax hike for environmental fund:  WCFCOURIER
  • Iowa House Oks budget that defunds Planned Parenthood:  WCFCOURIER
  • Iowa Legislature OKs spending for economic development, infrastructure, justice systems:  REGISTER
  • Budget bill closing ISU’s Leopold Center goes to Branstad:  REGISTER
  • Taxing and regulating on-line E-cigarette sales:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa Senate refuses to confirm two Branstad appointees:  GAZETTE
  • Revenue decline dooms Davenport school funding bill:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Politics Today – Thursday, April 20:  GAZETTE
  • Bill banning cameras in government bathrooms heads to Branstad’s desk:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Iowa county seeks changes in hog confinement evaluations:  AP
  • Iowa Fertilizer Co. starts production in Lee County:  GAZETTE
  • Is Iowa’s new $3B fertilizer plant worth $110M in state subsidies?:  REGISTER
  • University of Iowa hospitals raise alarm over Medicaid managed care denials:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa DOT loses another ticket case – must return $200,000:  REGISTER
  • Ernst has concerns about Trump’s Florida visits:  QCTIMES
  • Christine Hensley won’t seek re-election to Des Moines City Council:  REGISTER
  • New state collective bargaining law enters talks between Western Iowa Tech, faculty:  SCJOURNAL
  • Former Iowa regent spokesperson sues board for age, gender discrimination:  GAZETTE
  • DMACC to expand TSA training to officers in other states:  RADIOIOWA
  • Federal housing programs on chopping block:  QCTIMES
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News Briefing

  • Budget plans starting to gain speed at the statehouse:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowans air concerns over budget cuts:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa Senate OKs closing of ISU’s Leopold Center, other budget cuts:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Senate advances medical cannabis expansion:  GAZETTE
  • Texting and driving a ‘primary’ offense under new state law:  RADIOIOWA
  • Senate offers new water-quality plan using tap water tax and gaming revenue:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa OKs bill capping payouts in medical malpractice suits:  AP
  • ‘Right to try’ for terminally ill sent to Branstad:  REGISTER
  • Regents asking state to give UNI students access to Iowa Tuition Grant:  REGISTER
  • Private colleges slam UNI lobbying:  AP
  • Johnson County decides against suing over wage law:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Too dangerous? Iowa Senate bans box-stacking tradition for pages:  REGISTER
  • Election 2018!  Democrat Weaver won’t drop out after report about online psychic work:  SCJOURNAL
  • Election 2018!  Loebsack raises $258,000 in 1st quarter, a personal record:  QCTIMES
  • Caucus Watch 2020!  Bernie Sanders to return to Iowa in July:  REGISTER
  • Synthetic drugs inside Iowa prison prompt security changes:  AP
  • Former law student accuses University of Iowa of mishandling his sex assault report:  GAZETTE
  • New Iowa coalition pushes for immigration reform:  QCTIMES
  • Board of Regents student rep earns prestigious Truman Scholarship:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Many issues left on Iowa Republicans’ to-do list as legislative clock ticks:  GAZETTE
  • Is Iowa headed for ‘full employment’?:  GAZETTE
  • GOP legislators’ state budget plan is $38 million below governor’s:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa’s 2013 business property tax cut — has it worked?:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Supreme Court: Lying about felony record on gun form no crime:  GAZETTE
  • Who served that last drink? Iowa targeting problem bars to battle drunk driving:  REGISTER
  • Iowa driving the way for autonomous vehicles:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa abortion bill creates ‘undue burden,’ critics say:  WCFCOURIER
  • Are Iowa high schools doing enough to teach sex assault prevention?:  GAZETT
  • New law bans project labor agreements on government construction:  RADIOIOWA
  • Koch foundation gives thousands at Iowa State University:  GAZETTE
  • Jane Meyer lawsuit will put University of Iowa athletic department on trial:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Hy-Vee shakes up corporate offices; reassignments, layoffs expected:  REGISTER
  • Cedar Rapids 2016 flood costs close in on $7 million, with total still a moving target:  GAZETTE
  • Winnebago supervisor claims county is overpaying insurance premiums:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Woodbury County plans $31 million in road repairs over 5 years:  SCJOURNAL
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Meet Katie

Meet Katie

In this week’s newsletter, I would like to introduce our office page this session, Miss Katie Simpson from Spencer, Iowa. We selected Katie to serve as a leadership page this session for many reasons including her attention to detail and bright personality, and she proved to be an invaluable asset to our office. This young woman has a very bright future ahead of her, and will accomplish many things inside and outside the world of politics. I asked her to write a short summary of her time at the State Capitol:

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Meet Rachel

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Meet Rachel

We’ve finally had some nice weather and farmers will soon be headed out to the fields for planting. When farmers head back to the fields, that’s normally a good indication that our work in Des Moines is coming to an end.  That continues to hold true this year.

We are wrapping up the final policy bills of the session and work on the budget continues.  Our budget plan makes investments in key priorities and protects essential functions of government.  We’ve fought hard to protect funding for K-12 schools, as well as provide additional funding for community colleges and put more State Troopers on our highways.

Each session, high school students from across the state are given the unique opportunity to work as pages in the Iowa Legislature.  This once in a lifetime experience gives students the chance to see the inner workings of state government and make connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.

I’ve had the opportunity to sit alongside an incredible young woman, Rachel Zumbach of Coggon, who has served as the Speaker’s page this session.  In this week’s newsletter she shares her experience:

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News Briefing

  • Contentious voter ID bill gets final OK; heads to Branstad:  REGISTER
  • Iowa tax credit changes approved on party-line vote:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Senate unveils plan to cut state income taxes:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad signs expanded gun rights into law:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa GOP lining up budgets for end-of-session push:  GAZETTE
  • State budget proposal redirects funding from Planned Parenthood:  REGISTER
  • Iowa state court official: All options on the table for cutting costs:  GAZETTE
  • Lawmakers end summer reading initiative:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa lawmakers look to delay funding for university projects:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa economic development faces 7.1% state budget cut:  REGISTER
  • Plan would end utilities tax that funds Iowa energy research:  AP
  • Emotional moment as ‘Patty’s Bill’ becomes law:  RADIOIOWA
  • Merger of Des Moines’ pension fund into IPERS gets Senate OK:  REGISTER
  • Capitol Digest: Branstad signs 14 bills:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • King: Trump needs to do more on immigration, or he’ll lose his base:  SCJOURNAL
  • Mike Sherzan drops congressional bid, calls campaign finance system ‘broken’:  REGISTER
  • Sorry, your farm isn’t a farm, Iowa assessors tell angry owners:  REGISTER
  • Who will be the next president of the Iowa Board of Regents?:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Waterloo man held, brother charged with supporting ISIS:  WCFCOURIER
  • UIHC seeks another 6 percent rate increase July 1:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Cedar Rapids will find out in November if second casino bid is a winner:  RADIOIOWA
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