Protecting Iowans and Their Rights

Protecting Iowans and Their Rights

Governor Branstad released his revised Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal on Tuesday to reflect the Revenue Estimating Conference’s (REC) adjusted revenue projections. His plan uses $131.1 million from the Cash Reserve Fund to cover the FY 2017 revenue shortfall which he plans to repay by using the FY 2018 ending balance and appropriating $26.3 million in FY 2019.

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Moving Forward

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Moving Forward

The second legislative funnel deadline has passed which has narrowed our list of bills that remain eligible this session.  With many policy discussions resolved, our attention will be focused on the budget as we work to complete our business on time this session.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 30, 2017

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

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter 3-30-17

In this edition:

  • Governor Releases Revised Budget for FY 2018 & 2019
  • Worker’s Compensation: An Update
  • House GOP Passes Eminent Domain Bill on the Floor
  • Fireworks in Time for the Fourth of July

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

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March 20-24 Bill Analyses

HF 566 – HF 166 – Realignment of School Elections

HF 571 – HF 213 – Confidentiality of Video and Audio

HF 573 – Home Rule Statutory

HF 572 – WIOA

HF 576 – Background Investigations

HF 548 – Stroke Improvement

HF 531 – Asset Verification

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Smart Sentencing Reform

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Smart Sentencing Reform

As we approach the second legislative funnel and enter the final weeks of session, the House continues work on priority legislation and the budget. This week, we passed a number of bills including HF 548 which improves stroke care by establishing a centralized database for stroke reporting. We also passed HF 571 to protect Iowans’ privacy by making 911 calls involving a minor or sensitive medical information, confidential. Another important bill I want to touch on is HF 579 which makes smart, cost-saving reforms to our criminal justice system by removing mandatory minimums for several non-violent offenses.

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Broadening the Conversation

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Broadening the Conversation

Only about three weeks remain for this year’s session so our focus will soon turn to the state budget.  Budget chairs have already begun their work reviewing the various programs and line items in their budgets.

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House Republican Caucus Newsletter – March 23, 2017

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

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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

All House Republican newsletters are available at www.iowahouserepublicans.com.

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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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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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