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Speaker Upmeyer’s Opening Remarks for the 2018 Legislative Session

Welcome back to the Iowa House!

It has been 262 days since we adjourned the 2017 session. Normally, that would sound like a long time, but today it sure feels short.

In those 262 days, we have done exactly what was intended of this citizen legislature. We went home to our families, we went to work and we spent time with our communities.  Most importantly, we spent time listening.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – January 19, 2017

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

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – January 19

In this edition:

  • Legislative Services Agency Reports on Spending, Revenue Trends
  • Governor Puts Hold on Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • New Iowa College Readiness Report
  • The ‘How’ and ‘Why’ of the CPI

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

 

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News Briefing

Reynolds: ‘I’m ready’ to be governor:  WCFCOURIER
Governor-in-waiting Reynolds says her lieutenant governor will be ‘partner’ in governing:  RADIOIOWA
Northey would be interested in lieutenant governor role:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa economic development director has ‘no interest’ in lieutenant governor position:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Iowa faces potential budget shortfall:  GAZETTE
Iowa public university campuses face test over election reactions:  GAZETTE
Some Iowa campuses stop short of declaring ‘sanctuary’ status:  PRESSCITIZEN
Regents to review President Leath’s Iowa State plane use Monday:  GAZETTE
New UNI president impresses Cedar Valley:  WCFCOURIER
Diplomatic challenges likely await Ambassador Branstad:  QCTIMES
Iowa’s ignition interlock laws need an overhaul, officials say:  REGISTER
Can twice-daily breath tests cure Iowa’s drunken driving problem?:  REGISTER
Steve King says things ‘ready to move’ on border wall:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa legislators to discuss Medicaid transition Tuesday:  GAZETTE
Democrats consider absentee voting for Iowa caucuses:  OBRADOVICH
Northwest Iowa counties lead state in yields:  SCJOURNAL
The DART bus dilemma: Who will pay to stay?:  REGISTER
Sioux City looks at code amendments to fit statewide regulations for Uber, Lyft:  SCJOURNAL
Iowa cattle producers will start paying checkoff in March:  RADIOIOWA

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News Briefing

Now president-elect, Donald Trump returns to Iowa:  REGISTER
Trump’s to-do list for Branstad’s role as ambassador:  RADIOIOWA
Kim Reynolds says she’s ‘excited’ to become governor:  GAZETTE
Reynolds says she’s learned ‘from the best governor in the nation’:  RADIOIOWA
Tax relief high Iowa GOP priority:  WCFCOURIER
Transportation services remains unavailable on Iowa Health and Wellness Plan:  GAZETTE
Good news on Iowa overdose deaths: Fewer cases in 2 years:  REGISTER
Iowa Supreme Court helps clear way for Field of Dreams redevelopment:  REGISTER
Ernst calls Obama ISIS ‘victory lap’ premature:  QCTIMES
Ernst touts mental health care reforms in ‘Cures’ Act:  RADIOIOWA
Ernst wants assurances on renewables from Trump EPA pick:  QCTIMES
Health groups back Iowa sales tax for natural resources:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Dash camera footage of Jerime Mitchell shooting released:  GAZETTE
Iowa Business Council names new director:  REGISTER
Auditors: fired Southwest Iowa clerk opened secret accounts for city money:  RADIOIOWA
Capitol Digest: Iowa gas prices up:  WCFCOURIER
Iowa beef checkoff passes with 56% approval:  REGISTER
Departing Gronstal talks Iowa politics, his future, oatmeal:  REGISTER

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Meet Our Members – Tom Moore

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Tom Moore just finished serving his first year in the Iowa House, winning a mid-term special election in December 2015.

Tom taught history and physical education and coached for 33 years at Grinnell and Griswold Community Schools. He followed that career with 8 years as Assistant Manager at Southewest Iowa Egg Cooperative. Read more »

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News Briefing

Iowa House unveils Medicaid accountability plan:  REGISTER
State to collect data to determine extent of human trafficking in Iowa:  RADIOIOWA
House Republicans discuss expanding Iowa medical cannabis law:  GAZETTE
Senate Democrats plan water quality proposal:  REGISTER
GOP delegate fight coming to Iowa:  REGISTER
Blum champions opening markets for Iowa farmers:  WCFCOURIER
Iowa Capitol Digest: Branstad signs bullying bill:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Fake movie money causing problems in Waterloo:  RADIOIOWA
Elite baseball complex would get state tax break:  REGISTER
Vernon raises nearly $1.3 million for Iowa 1st District race:  GAZETTE
New Jersey company agrees to stop selling lottery ‘secrets’ in Iowa: RADIOIOWA

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Caucus Staff Analyses – April 6, 2016

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

House File 2443 – IEDA Omnibus

House File 2449 – State Agency Rulemaking

Senate File 2259 – Serious Mental Illness

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Caucus Staff Analyses – April 5, 2016

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

House File 2448 – Merchant Electric Transmission Lines

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Water Quality Plan Amendment

House File 2451 Amendment

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Caucus Staff Analyses – March 28, 2016

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

House File 2385 – Illegal Dumping Penalties

House File 2438 – Chemical Production Tax Credits

Senate File 2228 – Actions of Car Dealerships

Senate Joint Resolution 2006 – Rules Nullification – K-12 Special Education Endorsement

Senate File 2273 – Home Bakeries

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