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Caucus Staff Analyses – February 25, 2016

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

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 25, 2016

A new February 2016 newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – February 25

In this edition:

  • Numbers Don’t Lie – Senate Democrats’ Budget Still Doesn’t Work
  • Senate Moves FY 2016 Supplemental Spending Bills – Makes Significant Changes to RIIF
  • Literacy Standards Review Team Announced
  • Effort to Thwart Medicaid Modernization Fails
  • House Republicans Advance Five Bills to Protect Second Amendment Rights

Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session

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Caucus Staff Analyses – February 24, 2016

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

 

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Caucus Staff Analyses – February 23, 2016

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

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First Funnel Survivors of 2016

Below is a list and short description of bills that survived the first funnel in the Iowa House:

2016 First Funnel Survivors

 

2016 First Funnel Survivors

Agriculture

HF 2175/HSB 519-Proposes to provide for extension of existing tax credits and sales and use tax refunds (biodiesel production) relating to renewable motor fuels including their component biofuels.

Status: In House Ways & Means Committee

 

HF 2211-Proposes a number of innovative program tweaks concerning water quality improvement efforts, by providing for innovative water quality programs, projects, and practices; the approval of designs for soil and water conservation practices; DNR & WRCC Prioritization of Watershed Funding; and reducing property taxes on land reserved for conservation practices.

Status: Passed House Agriculture Committee Read more »

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Funnel week

This week was the first funnel deadline which means that for any House bill to remain eligible for consideration, it needed to have passed at least one House committee, and vice versa for the Senate.  In a few weeks we’ll reach the second funnel, where Senate bills must pass at least one House committee, and again, vice versa in the Senate.  Subcommittee and committee work consumed our time as members made sure priority bills would move forward.  The funnels exist to narrow the Legislature’s focus as session moves along so that more attention can be put on bills that receive wide support. Read more »

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Capitol Update – Week 6 (February 18)

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Our work at the Capitol has moved past the first legislative funnel, which is a major milestone in the session timeline. With the exception of Ways and Means, Appropriations, and Government Oversight bills (and a few other exceptions)—all House bills had to be passed out of committee to remain eligible to continue in the process.

This year, funnel week looked quite different for me in my new role as Majority Leader. In previous years, I would hold multiple subcommittees and participate in committee work to further develop ideas prior to the deadline. This year, my week was spent meeting with members, advocates, and constituents in preparation for the next few weeks of debating bills on the House floor. Read more »

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 18, 2016

A new February 2016 newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – February 18

In this edition:

  • Taken at Their Word, Senate Democrats’ Budget is a Disaster in the Making
  • House Ag Panel Passes Modified Governor’s SAVE Extension/Water Quality Funding Measure
  • Intensive Summer Reading Pilot Study Announced
  • What Happens If Senate Democrats Refuse to Act on Coupling?

Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session

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Capitol Update – Week Five (February 11)

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Every year since the Republicans have taken the majority in the Iowa House, we have stood firm on budgeting in the same common sense way that Iowa families and businesses manage their own finances. The foundation of our budgeting principles is that the state should not spend more than it collects in revenue from the taxpayers. We do not spend one time sources of money for ongoing expenditures and do not intentionally underfund known obligations, just to kick the can down the road.

By holding to these ideals, we have been able to keep the state budget on solid ground, and avoid dramatic and damaging cuts seen in earlier years. Read more »

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – February 11

 

A new February 2016 newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter – February 11

In this edition:

  • House Economic Growth Committee to Discuss Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Bill
  • 2016 Future Ready Iowa Summit Date Announced
  • The Truth about Equal Pay in Iowa
  • ATV and Fishing Bills Move in Natural Resources

Newsletters will be distributed every Thursday throughout session.

 

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