Funnel Week Approaching

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Funnel Week Approaching

With funnel week fast approaching, committee work took the focus this week to make sure that key legislation continues to stay alive.  The legislative “funnel” is a rule that requires bills to receive approval from at least one committee to remain eligible for consideration.  If a bill fails to advance out of committee, it is considered dead until next session begins.  I’ll have more information on bills that survived the funnel in next week’s newsletter.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 23, 2017

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

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 2-23-17

In this edition:

  • Budget Season Approaches
  • Bills on the Move in Education
  • Large Majority of Iowan’s Support Election Integrity Law
  • Veteran’s Trust Fund Assisting with Housing Needs
  • Water Quality Improvement Financing Measure Introduced

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

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News Briefing

  • Legislative panel advances medical marijuana expansion:  REGISTER
  • Suburbs: Give us voice in regional water proposal:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Poll: Iowans unsure about privatized Medicaid:  REGISTER
  • Iowa’s private Medicaid insurers to lose $450 million in first year:  GAZETTE
  • State scales back union contract offer, AFSCME leader says new law ‘trashes’ 40 years of negotiations:  GAZETTE
  • Legislators ponder state E-Verify requirement for some Iowa businesses:  RADIOIOWA
  • Cyclists weigh in at hearing on safe-passing, light requirements:  REGISTER
  • GOP bill would end lawyers’ sway in nominating judges:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Constitution change would let Legislature redraw county lines:  QCTIMES
  • Ban on sale of fetal body parts advances in Iowa Senate:  REGISTER
  • Support grows for bill to help Davenport, North Scott schools:  QCTIMES
  • University of Iowa notifying thousands of financial aid cuts:  GAZETTE
  • UI, ISU, UNI asking regents to increase room, board costs:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Regents mum on audit questioning Iowa State president’s guns:  AP
  • Lawmakers grill Iowa State president on spending:  GAZETTE
  • Des Moines lobbyists also represent drainage districts:  REGISTER
  •  Iowa Appeals Court upholds speed cameras in 2 cases:  AP
  • Rep. Dave Loebsack notes GOP ‘anti-people’ legislation in D.C., Iowa:  QCTIMES
  • Howard County officials welcoming $107 million wind farm:  WCFCOURIER
  • Bakken pipeline protesters occupy governor’s office:  RADIOIOWA
  • Uber coming to Waterloo-Cedar Falls:  WCFCOURIER
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News Briefing

  • Iowa union files lawsuit against collective bargaining law:  AP
  • Iowa Poll: Iowans favor banning traffic cameras:  REGISTER
  • Governor: public worker pension reform cannot be done quickly:  RADIOIOWA
  • Branstad defends lobbyist’s attendance at bill signing:  AP
  • Lawmakers’ anger over collective bargaining bubbles over into heated exchanges:  REGISTER
  • Legislation expanding Iowa’s medical marijuana program filed in House:  REGISTER
  • GOP-led House panel OKs Iowa bill against foreign law:  AP
  • Critics say impaired driving bill overly broad:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa senator wants political balance among university professors:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Capitol Digest: Civics test action postponed:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa regent quizzed on controversial issues:  SCJOURNAL
  • Davenport students take district’s funding case to Iowa legislators:  QCTIMES
  • Branstad’s final offer to AFSCME covers only base wages:  RADIOIOWA
  • United Faculty, Regents start bargaining anew:  WCFCOURIER
  • State, law officers resume contract talks after collective bargaining overhaul:  GAZETTE
  • ‘Roast and Ride’ set for June 3:  GAZETTE
  • University of Iowa changes enrollment, aid practices in budget saving measures:  GAZETTE
  • U-I sets goal to end coal use in power plant by 2025:  RADIOIOWA
  • Des Moines tax increase may add bike/pedestrian planner:  REGISTER
  • Water bill could affect Microsoft’s billion-dollar data center:  REGISTER
  • Des Moines named one of the top new beer cities to visit:  REGISTER
  • University of Iowa planning piecemeal Children’s Hospital opening Saturday:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Branstad signs historic bargaining changes:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa’s public-sector unions brace for impact of new collective bargaining law:  GAZETTE
  • Aspects of Iowa collective bargaining law could take years:  AP
  • Leaders of teachers’ union, taxpayers clash on collective bargaining changes:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Iowa Regents to restart bargaining with United Faculty, other unions:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Iowa Poll: Majority support mandatory voter ID:  REGISTER
  • Dix: Iowa shouldn’t exceed federal minimum wage:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa GOP bill to reverse minimum wage increases worries low-income workers:  AP
  • Bill would dismantle Des Moines Water Works:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Poll: Gubernatorial contenders all but unknown:  REGISTER
  • Known for political temperance, Iowa moves sharply right:  AP
  • Iowa alone in governing boys’ and girls’ high school sports separately:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Supreme Court rules restitution is separate issue from mandatory juvenile sentences:  RADIOIOWA
  • University of Iowa lawsuit in Harreld hire dismissed:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa families foregoing classroom for virtual school:  REGISTER
  • Public workers’ pensions may be next Iowa GOP reform effort:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa Poll: Iowans like Obamacare more now that it is imperiled:  REGISTER
  • Lieutenant Governor attends coding summit:  RADIOIOWA
  • Des Moines is seizing tax refunds to pay for overdue traffic camera fines, and a lawyer is trying to stop it:  REGISTER
  • Report: Cedar Rapids businesses took $25 million hit during 2016 flood:  GAZETTE
  • State board OKs incentives for Sioux City pork plant second shift:  SCJOURNAL
  • Wind technician jobs growing, in Iowa and nationally:  GAZETTE
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A Win for Taxpayers

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A Win for Taxpayers

Members worked hard this week as we debated reforms to the state’s collective bargaining laws.  On Thursday afternoon, both the House and Senate passed House File 291 and sent it the Governor, where we expect him to sign the bill into law.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 16, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter 2-16-17

In this Edition:

  • Revenue Estimating- How Other States Do it and How This Critical Process Can Be Improved
  • Governor’s Computer Science Bill Under Consideration
  • Iowa’s Community Colleges Boost Iowa’s Economy
  • Alcoholic Beverage Division Completes Comprehensive Review

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

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News Briefing

  • Editorial: Amended collective bargaining bill a win for taxpayers:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Senate debates collective bargaining through the night:  GAZETTE
  • GOP chairman says Democrats are twisting his words on collective bargaining:  GAZETTE
  • Critics say two sections of labor bill a ‘death knell’ for unions:  RADIOIOWA
  • Legislators move to fix issue with Iowa metro bus systems’ money:  RADIOIOWA
  • Central Iowa schools, unions rush to sign contracts before collective bargaining changes:  REGISTER
  • Corridor area unions rush to reach contract deals as collective bargaining changes afoot:  GAZETTE
  • Medical marijuana support keeps climbing, Iowa Poll shows:  REGISTER
  • Students advocate for hands-free driving bill:  WCFCOURIER
  • Drunk driving bill would mandate twice daily breath tests:  REGISTER
  • Capitol Digest: Iowa House subcommittee backs permanent time change:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Iowa advocates seek end-of-life options:  QCTIMES
  • Grassley: Intelligence leaks just as ‘scary’ as Russian influence:  REGISTER
  • Judge rules IUB made proper decision in using eminent domain for Bakken pipeline:  RADIOIOWA
  • University of Iowa to debut improved Carver, Kinnick cell service:  GAZETTE
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Caucus Staff Analysis – February 15, 2017

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Below is a list of bills being debated today, with Caucus Staff’s analysis attached:

HF 291 Bill Analysis

HF 291 Republican Amendment

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News Briefing

  • Iowa lawmakers get earful from foes of collective bargaining changes:  QCTIMES
  • Arbitrators restricted on how much they can award:  WCFCOURIER
  • Democrats say GOP’s labor bill is being ‘fast tracked’:  RADIOIOWA
  • MET Transit manager says bargaining bill could impact public transportation:  WCFCOURIER
  • Abortion-funding issue moves to the Iowa House:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa Poll: 77 percent back Planned Parenthood funding for non-abortion services:  REGISTER
  • Branstad supports ‘modest’ Iowa minimum wage hike:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa fast-tracks bill to raise lawmaker health care costs:  REGISTER
  • Appeals court rules against Iowa State in pro marijuana T-shirt case:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad wants to slow tuition growth:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Supreme Court hears convicted lotto rigger’s appeal:  REGISTER
  • Effort to boost Iowa students’ completion of federal financial aid forms:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa Medicaid providers brace for AmeriHealth Caritas changes:  GAZETTE
  • Dallas County to conduct review of missed absentee votes:  REGISTER
  • DNR study finds many recycling opportunities available in rural areas:  RADIOIOWA
  • Sioux City Council approves contract extension for union:  SCJOURNAL
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