House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 23, 2017

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Caucus Newsletter 3-23-17

In this edition:

  • House Gives Okay to Responsible Livestock Bill
  • Iowa STEM Apprenticeship Partners
  • House Passes Criminal Justice Sentencing Reform and Statute of Repose
  • Fantasy Sports Betting Bill Clears Committee

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News Briefing

  • Iowa Senate votes to legalize fireworks in Iowa:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa Legislature approves limitations on lawsuits filed over home defects:  REGISTER
  • Advocates hopeful legislation would help women detect breast cancer sooner:  REGISTER
  • Iowa lawmakers seek to ban video devices in government bathrooms:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Senate votes to lift cap on enrollment in online academies:  RADIOIOWA
  • Bill drafted in response to verbal abuse at Glenwood facility:  RADIOIOWA
  • New law requires districts to report drunken teachers:  REGISTER
  • Majority of Branstad’s campaign funding is homegrown, but top donor is from South Dakota:  GAZETTE
  • Blum won’t back GOP health care legislation:  WCFCOURIER
  • Senator Grassley satisfied with information provided by the FBI director:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa State President Leath forfeits $1.2 million by leaving:  GAZETTE
  • Dubuque legislator ponders Blum challenge:  WCFCOURIER
  • Branstad celebrates 1991 law that made homeschooling legal in Iowa:  RADIOIOWA
  • Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks:  AP
  • Utilities board proceeds with Alliant net-metering pilot:  GAZETTE
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News Briefing

  • Leath leaving ISU for Auburn presidency:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Business, industry, human service groups defend their Iowa tax credits:  GAZETTE
  • Sentencing reform legislation clears Iowa House:  REGISTER
  • With Water Works’ lawsuit dismissed, water quality is the legislature’s problem:  REGISTER
  • Iowa House OKs bill shortening time for discrimination suits:  AP
  • Branstad accuses Democrats of exploiting teen’s death:  QCTIMES
  • Limits on medical malpractice lawsuits passes Iowa Senate:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Medical Society says malpractice cap necessary:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Senate advances bill to allow rifles firing pistol ammo for deer hunts:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Senate panel asked to raise minimum wage before preemption:  SCJOURNAL
  • Ankeny opts out of Polk County’s minimum wage:  REGISTER
  • Iowa Politics Today: Taxes on Internet sales being debated:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad says Steve King’s words shouldn’t deter tourists:  RADIOIOWA
  • Blum undecided on health care vote, seeks input from constituents:  GAZETTE
  • Des Moines council supports bill dismantling water utilities:  REGISTER
  • West Des Moines switches support to neutral on water works bill:  REGISTER
  • Trump cuts would hurt Iowans who supported him, critics say:  REGISTER
  • State law sinks Waterloo councilman’s push for ‘prevailing wage’ requirement:  WCFCOURIER
  • ‘Civil emergency’ alert on phones sent in error:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Boone, Spencer, Muscatine and Waukee schools launch ‘pre-apprenticeships’:  RADIOIOWA
  • Nonprofit group looks to save abandoned Iowa prison:  AP
  • Treasurers in Carroll and Clay Counties to issue driver’s licenses:  RADIOIOWA
  • Struggling Marshalltown hospital to be bought by UnityPoint:  REGISTER
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News Briefing

  • Judge dismisses Des Moines lawsuit over nitrates in water:  AP
  • Grassley to lead this week’s hearing on Supreme Court nominee:  RADIOIOWA
  • Voya receives $500,000 in incentives for 3-block move:  REGISTER
  • Corridor companies to receive Iowa Economic Development Authority aid:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa craft liquor producers hopeful alcohol laws headed for update:  GAZETTE
  • Bill allows nonaccredited curriculum at Fort Dodge school for troubled youth:  REGISTER
  • Step therapy a barrier to quality care, critics say:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • King maintains support in Iowa after inflammatory comments:  AP
  • Sen. Joni Ernst faces hostile crowd at town hall meetings:  AP
  • Ernst ‘legitimately undecided’ on House GOP’s ObamaCare replacement:  RADIOIOWA
  • Ernst wary of cuts to USDA food programs:  RADIOIOWA
  • Report: Leath on ‘short list’ as next president of Auburn University:  REGISTER
  • Names of donors, athletes released on ISU’s private plane:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Des Moines council to vote Monday on water works bill:  REIGSTER
  • Health group: Up to 250,000 Iowans at risk under GOP bill:  AP
  • Some worry net metering changes would throw shade on Iowa solar industry:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa corn groups: Families own, operate most farms:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Eastern Iowa volunteer fire departments struggle to keep up:  GAZETTE
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Opportunities and Challlenges

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Opportunities and Challenges

Our work to enact policies that move Iowa forward continued this week as we spent many hours on the floor in debate.  We passed several bills this week that will benefit the majority of Iowans and make our state a great place to raise a family or grow a business.  Here are a few of the highlights:

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News Briefing

  • Republicans push overhaul of workers’ comp through Iowa House:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Senate backs constitutional cap on state spending:  REGISTER
  • Gun rights bill clears Iowa Senate committee:  QCTIMES
  • Capitol Digest: Fuel prices stay steady:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Proposed USDA cuts concern Iowa lawmakers:  SCJOURNAL
  • How Trump’s proposed budget cuts could impact Iowa:  GAZETTE
  • Surveillance plane to stay with Iowa Air Guard:  RADIOIOWA
  • Lee County wage ordinance clears first hurdle:  FORTMADISON
  • Mayo to prefer privately insured over Medicaid patients:  STARTRIBUNE
  • Disabled Iowans say Medicaid firms are cutting in-home help:  REGISTER
  • Sierra Club appeals ruling on Bakken pipeline to Iowa Supreme Court:  RADIOIOWA
  • Should prospective Iowa university donors’ names be private?:  GAZETTE
  • 23 undocumented immigrants arrested in Iowa, 86 total in Midwest:  REGISTER
  • Iowa City schools seclusion data raise red flags:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Winneshiek supes OK hog confinement:  WCFCOURIER
  • Sunshine Week highlights importance of open government:  RADIOIOWA
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Caucus Staff Analysis – Wednesday, March 15

HF 563 – Student Athlete Concussions

HF 564 – School District Fund Uses

HF 565 – School District Flexibility Fund

 

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Caucus Staff Analysis – Thursday, March 16

HF518 – Workers’ comp Bill Analysis

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 16, 2017

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

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Caucus Newsletter 3-16-17

In this edition:

  • Revenue Estimating Conference Lowers Revenue Forecast for FY17 and FY18
  • House Appropriations Committee Starts Work on Limiting Tax Credit Expenditures
  • New Results Show Reading Improvements for Struggling Readers
  • House Republicans Continue the Fight against Synthetic Drugs

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Grassley Issues Statement on Revenue Estimating Conference

(DES MOINES) – Today Rep. Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford)Grassley Issues Statement on Revenue Estimating Conference, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Revenue Estimating Conference’s latest revenue projections:

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