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New fee policy for parks and recreation areas

This week, we passed a bill regarding a new dynamic fee policy at state parks and recreational areas. Under the bill, Senate File 2389, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) can establish a new fee policy for camping, the use of rental facilities, and other special privileges at state parks and recreational areas under the jurisdiction of the department. more

Improving mental health care in Iowa

Throughout this session the Iowa House of Representatives has been working to advance health care solutions for Iowans all across the state. more

Affordable health care options for Iowans

Faced with unaffordable options for health care, many hard-working Iowans have been forced to borrow money and go into debt to pay their health insurance premiums. more

Ferry captain Warner Lewis Clark performed a grisly surgery, too

Captain Warner Lewis Clark was one of the first settlers of Scott County. He had an excellent memory, and loved to share stories from his early years. One of these involved a man named John … more

Add gun ownership to Constitution

Following the second major legislative deadline of the year, much of our time on the Senate floor was spent sending bills between the House and Senate, and moving legislation to the governor. more

School safety and other measures

The issue of school safety has been in the news lately and Iowans have expressed concerns. more

Up with agriculture and gun ownership

On March 20, 2018, National Agriculture Day was celebrated and the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) hosted the event, which was recognized in classrooms and communities across the country. This year’s theme was “Agriculture: Food for Life.” The goal is to tell the story of American agriculture and remind citizens of the prominence of it in daily life. more

CCT's 'Godspell' renewed my enthusiasm for the show

Just when I thought I had no desire to see another performance of "Godspell," along comes Countryside's production at Princeton, directed by Tristan Tapscott. It brought laughter and smiles and renewed my enthusiasm for this ensemble show. more

Privatized Medicaid causes problems

Medicaid members and health care providers are continuing to have problems with privatized Medicaid. more

Suicide prevention training for teachers

This week on the hill SF 2113 came to the floor, I have received many emails from constituents who are in support of this bill, and I am happy to say that on Monday it passed the house unanimously and is now on its way to the governor’s desk. more

Tax relief will grow our economy

Senate Republicans remain focused on moving legislation to grow Iowa’s economy. For the last two years, Senate Republicans have passed pro-growth legislation to encourage job growth in Iowa, stimulate the economy and put more money into the pockets of hard-working Iowans. Friday’s Revenue Estimating Conference meeting further demonstrated why addressing tax reform is necessary. more

Eliminating property tax 'backfill' breaks promises to cities, counties

A bill moving through the Iowa Senate would break promises that the Legislature made to taxpayers just five years ago. more
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