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Bills Taking Effect July 1, 2016

Several bills passed during the 2016 General Assembly will take effect tomorrow (July 1).  Highlights from the 2016 session include:

House File 2278 and Senate File 2191 – Human Trafficking

These laws establish an office in the Department of Public Safety to oversee and coordinate efforts to combat human trafficking.  They also extend the statute of limitations for kidnapping and human trafficking committed on a person who is under 18, to 10 years after the person turns 18.

Senate File 2218 – Opioid Antagonist

This law allows emergency medical professionals to obtain a supply of opioid antagonists (such as Narcan), to be administered in the event of a drug overdose. Narcan and other drugs like it, can delay an overdose long enough for first responders to get the victim necessary help.

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Communications Internship Opportunity

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Communications Intern

The House Republican caucus is seeking a communications intern for the 2016 legislative session.  Interns will work closely with the House Republican communication and research staffs as well as the Speaker and Majority Leader’s offices on a variety of tasks and assignments.  Duties will include:  press releases, photography, videography, social media updates, letters, certificates, various writing assignments, and general office duties.  The intern will interact with legislators, staff and members of the media.

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2016 Legislative Page Program

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House Republicans have released information on the 2016 Iowa Legislative Page program.  Each year the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate employ Iowa high school juniors and seniors to serve as Pages for the legislative session which begins in January.

Duties of the House and Senate Pages vary slightly, but generally Pages provide invaluable assistance to Representatives or Senators and staff by assisting with tasks such as the switchboard, delivering messages, distributing legislation, assisting committee chairpersons or sorting amendments. Pages are paid and many schools grant credit for a student’s work in the Legislature.

House Republicans are encouraging Iowa students to apply for the 2016 Page program.

The application for the 2016 Legislative Page Program is due no later than Friday, October 9, 2015.  To receive more information or an application, visit: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/agencies/careers/page.


Happy Memorial Day from House Republicans

It Is the Soldier
By Charles M. Provice, U.S. Army

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.


Second Funnel Survivor List

Attached is a list compiled by staff of Senate Files that survived in the House and House Files that survived in the Senate:

2015 Second Funnel Survivors


Positive Feedback on the Passage of House File 549

Last week the House passed House File 549, which makes a few minor tweaks to the way binding arbitration works for school districts and Area Education Agencies.  Below are just a few responses received from House Republican Representatives showing support for the bill.


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2015 First Funnel Survivors

IMG_51072015 First Funnel Survivors

With the first funnel over the House has narrowed down the bills that are still alive for consideration this session.

To see a list of the “Funnel Survivors” view the list above, organized by committee, of all bills that survived the first funnel in the House.


Happy Presidents Day!

Today is Presidents Day, so in rememberance of past United States’ Presidents, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Republican Commanders in Chief.


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House District 23 Special Election Today


Voters in House District 23, which is comprised of Mills ad Fremont Counties, as well as part of Montgomery County, will go to the polls today to choose a new State Representative.  The seat was vacated by now-Sen. Mark Costello, who resigned his House seat after being elected to the Iowa Senate to replaced US Senator Joni Ernst’s State Senate seat.

Polls will be open from 7 am – 9 pm.

Find your polling place by clicking here.

If you’d like more information on the special election, visit the Secretary of State’s website.


2015 Opening Day Pictures