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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News Briefing

  • State Auditor: budget in good shape, more info needed on tax credits, abatement:  RADIOIOWA
  • Auditor: Iowa budget is stable, but predicting revenues is a challenge:  REGISTER
  • Governor says budget won’t impact state parks for July 4th:  RADIOIOWA
  • Drivers: Put down that phone or risk a fine beginning July 1:  REGISTER
  • Health care reform needed, flexibility desired, Reynolds says:  SCJOURNAL
  • Senate health bill could lead to shuttered Iowa nursing homes, industry leaders warn:  REGISTER
  • Reynolds: Yes, Senator Sasse, you’re welcome in Iowa:  REGISTER
  • Voters to decide today on House District 22, school bonds:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Fairfield veterinarian to seek Iowa House seat:  GAZETTE
  • Nebraska firework sellers scramble for new business in Iowa:  AP
  • Cedar Rapids residents fuming over fireworks:  GAZETTE
  • Summer reading programs help narrow the gap:  GAZETTE
  • Comments sought on Iowa’s plan to meet ESSA requirements:  WCFCOURIER
  • Regents appoint interim executive director:  GAZETTE
  • Renewed travel ban appears to exclude university students, but apprehension remains:  GAZETTE
  • Abuse charge withdrawn against ex-staffer at state institution for disabled Iowans:  REGISTER
  • Local, state officials celebrate I-74 bridge groundbreaking:  QCTIMES
  • World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president:  AP
  • $30 million sale is the most expensive in downtown Des Moines history:  REGISTER
  • Mayors from Iowa talk infrastructure funding at national conference:  RADIOIOWA
  • Program offers money toward a down payment for new homeowners:  RADIOIOWA
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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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News Briefing

  • Job market strength enables ‘gap years’:  GAZETTE
  • Thousands of domestic abusers are getting away with it despite Iowa’s get-tough laws:  REGISTER
  • Investigators took too long to file lottery charges, Iowa Supreme Court says:  GAZETTE
  • Ernst isn’t ready to take stance on controversial health care bill:  REGISTER
  • Ernst says Medicaid coverage is part of discussion on Senate health plan:  RADIOIOWA
  • Pottawattamie voters, including eastern Council Bluffs, to pick new representative:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Ernst proposes legislation to allow states flexibility with federal poverty programs:  RADIOIOWA
  • Grassley, panel seek details on Loretta Lynch’s role in Hillary Clinton investigation:  AP
  • USDA makeover raises Iowa rural development questions:  GAZETTE
  • Bruce Harreld still seeking ‘path forward’ at the University of Iowa:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • UI sets aside $4.8 million to increase faculty salaries next year:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout is changing grocery shopping. How will Hy-Vee and Fareway adapt?:  REGISTER
  • BPI defamation trial turns to economic impact of ‘pink slime’ label:  RADIOIOWA
  • After 20-year high in 2015, Iowa pedestrian deaths plummet to all-time low in 2016:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa law enforcement now encrypting radio traffic:  AP
  • A monster weed is invading the Iowa Great Lakes and no one is sure how to stop it:  REGISTER
  • Facebook founder Zuckerberg tours a few of Iowa’s small towns:  REGISTER
  • Day not wanted: Huisentruit’s sister says attempt to honor Jodi ‘tacky’:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • O-A, BC-IG consolidation goes before voters for third time Tuesday:  SCJOURNAL
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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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House Republicans Gave Iowa Taxpayers a #BetterDeal in 2017

One of the most important things that the Legislature can do is value each and every dollar that the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa send to their state government.  House Republicans believe that the state budget should be managed just like Iowa families and businesses manage their own.

Several bills passed this session give Iowa taxpayers a better deal than they were getting before.  One of  the biggest achievements of the legislative session were the reforms made to Iowa’s four decade old collective bargaining law that put taxpayers at a disadvantage.  Other bills that were signed into law include permanent extension of the Property Assessment Appeal Board, combining school board and municipal elections to be held in November, and passing smart sentencing reforms that allocate resources effectively and keep Iowans safe.

It’s clear that after the 2017 session, Iowa taxpayers are getting a #BetterDeal.


Reformed collective bargaining to give taxpayers a seat at the table

One of the biggest reforms passed by the Legislature this session dealt with public sector employees.  Iowa’s collective bargaining law had been on the books, with minimal changes, for more than 40 years.  The law had become outdated and tilted too far in favor of government unions at the expense of Iowa taxpayers. House Republicans took this challenge head on and never wavered because taxpayers deserve a better deal.

Continue reading how taxpayers are getting a #BetterDeal

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News Briefing

  • Trump calls for rural internet expansion at Kirkwood Community College:  GAZETTE
  • Trump, in Cedar Rapids, touts ‘amazing progress’:  GAZETTE
  • President Trump tells fans in Iowa his foes ‘don’t get it’:  RADIOIOWA
  • ‘He is able to connect with me’ C.R. crowd satisfied with what Trump had to say:  GAZETTE
  • Rain doesn’t deter protesters outside at Trump rally:  GAZETTE
  • Governor Reynolds submits top 5 list of infrastructure priorities to Trump:  RADIOIOWA
  • Grassley: Transparency concerns about health care bill ‘somewhat overblown’:  QCTIMES
  • Let Iowans buy into Medicaid as alternative to private insurance, Legislative Democrats say:  REGISTER
  • Special election set to fill vacant Iowa House seat:  AP
  • Second fireworks company files complaint against Iowa cities:  REGISTER
  • Iowa GOP chair sends message to Nebraska Senator Sasse:  RADIOIOWA
  • Grassley tackles prescription drugs costs, health care with 2 new bills:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • Election 2018!  Corbett touts record in first Sioux City stop as governor candidate:  SCJOURNAL
  • Woodbury County Sheriff says courthouse gun ban a good move:  RADIOIOWA
  • Linn County deputies now wearing body cameras:  GAZETTE
  • Mental health leader once backed Medicaid privatization, now says it’s forcing staff cuts:  REGISTER
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News Briefing

  • Trump adds Kirkwood visit ahead of Wednesday’s rally:  GAZETTE
  • Medica says it wants in Iowa market for 2018:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Medicaid insurers see financial losses for fourth consecutive quarter:  GAZETTE
  • Election 2018!  Governor Kim Reynolds reacts to campaign support:  ABC5
  • Election 2018!  Mayor Ron Corbett to announce gubernatorial plans at Tuesday event:  GAZETTE
  • Regulators reviewing rules for self gambling bans as law is about to change:  RADIOIOWA
  • Des Moines Fireworks Sale Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court:  WHO-TV
  • Corbett named to panel to shape Trump infrastructure plan:  GAZETTE
  • Sioux City pork plant opening delayed:  SCJOURNAL
  • Waterloo school board approves initial career center plans:  WCFCOURIER
  • City votes to keep assessor’s office distinct from county:  SCJOURNAL
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House Republicans Gave Iowa Families a #BetterDeal in 2017

Iowa is already a great place to live, work, and raise a family, but House Republicans want to do more to support Iowa families.  In order to move Iowa forward, we need a positive environment where families have opportunities to thrive and grow.

House Republicans worked hard this session to support Iowa families in a number of different ways.  We made it easier to save for a home so families can put down roots, continued our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, extended valuable insurance coverage to families who have a child with autism, and expanded access to medical cannabidiol to help sick Iowans.  Each of these things with benefit Iowa families in a tremendous way and improve each of their lives.

It’s clear that after the 2017 session, Iowa families are getting a #BetterDeal.


Helping Iowans save for their future

One of the best ways we can get young Iowans to stay in Iowa and put down roots is by encouraging home ownership.  House Republicans made it easier for Iowans to save for a down payment on their first house by creating First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts.  These accounts, similar to the College Savings Iowa 529 plans, provide tax benefits and encourage saving for the future purpose of purchasing a home.

Continue reading how families are getting a #BetterDeal

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – June 15, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter 6-15-17

In this edition:

  • The Budget Lesson Democrats and the Radical Left Want You to Ignore: Connecticut
  • Iowa’s Stopgap Measure: A Temporary Solution to the ACA’s Permanent, Growing Problem
  • Money is Being Saved Under New Collective Bargaining Reform
  • Joint Government Oversight Meeting Held to Discuss Foster Care System

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