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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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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Opening Remarks for the 87th General Assembly

(DES MOINES) – House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) delivered opening remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Thank you Madam Speaker.

Madam Speaker, Ladies and Gentlemen of the House. It is my great honor to welcome you, your families, and friends back to the Statehouse to begin the 87th General Assembly.

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Opening Remarks for the 87th General Assembly

(DES MOINES) — Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) delivered opening remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today.  The following are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:

Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!

It’s such an honor to be here with you today. I love being able to share such an amazing day with you, your families, and people all across our state. Of all the things that come with an opening day, my favorite remains the optimism that fills this room.

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House Republicans Release Committee Assignments

House Republicans Release Committee Assignments

(DES MOINES) – Today, Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced committee assignments for the 87th General Assembly:

2017 Committees

Committees by Member

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House Speaker Announces Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

House Speaker Announces Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

(DES MOINES) – Today House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) announced committee Chairs and Vice Chairs for the Eighty-Seventh General Assembly.  They are as follows:

Standing Committees:

Administrative Rules Review

Rep. Dawn Pettengill (R-Mount Auburn) – Chair

Administration and Rules

Rep. Mike Sexton (R-Rockwell City) – Chair

Rep. Jarad Klein (R-Keota) – Vice Chair

Agriculture

Rep. Lee Hein (R-Monticello) – Chair

Rep. Chuck Holz (R-Le Mars) – Vice Chair Read more »

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House Republicans Elect Leadership

House Republicans Elect Leadership

Upmeyer re-elected Speaker, Hagenow as Majority Leader

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Republicans elected new leadership to lead the caucus into the 2017 legislative session.

Rep. Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) was re-elected as Speaker of the House.  Upmeyer has served as Speaker of the House since 2015, and previously served as House Majority Leader from 2010-2015 and House Minority Whip from 2008-2010.  She was just elected to serve her seventh term in the Iowa House.  She served as a nurse practitioner at Mercy Medical Center for many years. Read more »

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House Republican Majority Grows to 59 Seats

House Republican Majority Grows to 59 Seats

(DES MOINES) – Following last night’s election results, Republicans in the Iowa House increased an already strong majority to 59 members.

Last night, Republicans increased their majority in the Iowa House by:

  • Defending all 48 Republican incumbent seats
  • Defending all 9 open seats that are currently held by Republican retirees
  • Picking up one seat held by a Democrat incumbent
  • Picking up one open seat that is currently held by a Democrat retiree

House Republicans will welcome 11 freshmen members when the 2017 legislative session convenes in January.

Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) issued the following statement in response to last night’s gains:

“I’m looking forward to working with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds along with our new partners in the Iowa Senate to move Iowa forward.  It’s clear that Iowa voters trust Republicans to keep their promises and deliver results on the issues that Iowans care about.”

 

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Hagenow Releases Information On EpiPen Cost Increases

Hagenow Releases Information on EpiPen Cost Increases

(DES MOINES) – House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) today released information received from the Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding the rising cost of EpiPens in the Medicaid program.

According to the data provided by DHS, the average cost per EpiPen prescription has increased from $161.35 in FY12 to $453.61 in FY 2016, an increase of 181%.  The total cost for EpiPens to the state has more than tripled, growing from $566,000 in FY12 to $2.1 million through the first nine months of FY 2016.  If the current pace continues, the total cost to the state will reach nearly $2.8 million by the end of FY16.

“It’s clear from this report that Iowa has seen a substantial increase in the cost of the EpiPen to the Medicaid program.  Iowa families have likely seen even larger increases because, unlike the state, they don’t have the luxury of getting a rebate from the federal government,” said Hagenow.  “Like many Iowans, I’m suspicious of the dramatic rise in cost for EpiPens.  I’ll continue asking questions to protect families and taxpayers.

I spoke with Attorney General Miller on this matter and he said his office is also looking into this.  I look forward to working together with the Attorney General’s office to find answers for Iowa taxpayers during the next legislative session.”

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Vander Linden Named House Ways and Means Chairman

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) named Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Vander Linden will replace Rep. Tom Sands, who announced in June that he would not seek re-election this fall.

“Over the last six years, House Republicans have championed efforts to leave more money in the pockets of the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa,” said Vander Linden.  “In this new role, I will continue to put the taxpayers first by recognizing that tax dollars don’t belong to the government, but to the state’s families and businesses.  I look forward to finding more ways to reduce the tax burden on Iowa’s taxpayers. Read more »

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News Release: Nunn to Deploy on Active Duty

Nunn to Deploy on Active Duty

(BONDURANT) – Today, State Representative Zach Nunn (R-Bondurant) announced he will be serving a military deployment in support of U.S. military operations beginning June 2016 through September 2016.  This will be Nunn’s fourth active duty deployment.

Nunn serves as a Major with the Iowa Air National Guard’s 132nd Wing in Des Moines.  He was previously on active duty with the U.S. Air Force amassing 700-combat flight hours during three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.  During a prior deployment, he was awarded “Best Aircrew” in the Air Force for life-saving air support to U.S. special operations troops under heavy enemy fire.

Nunn was specifically requested by the Department of Defense based on his unique background as a Director of Cybersecurity on the National Security Council and as a National Counterintelligence Officer.

“Serving my country, state and community is an honor.  My family and friends are overwhelmingly supportive and we are grateful,” said Nunn.  “During my time overseas, I will continue to engage with constituents through regular email updates and continuing to provide excellent constituent service to our community members.  Upon my return, I will remain committed to working for Iowan’s in the Statehouse. ”

Nunn, an Assistant House Majority Leader, is serving his first term in the Iowa House.  He and his wife, Kelly, have three children and live in Bondurant.

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