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Welcoming visitors to the capitol

This week on the hill we were honored to have many visitors from District 97 here at the capitol. On Monday some students from Davenport were here to observe legislators at work and to learn about how the legislative process impacts their daily lives. While here they continued their advocacy for funding equity. This has been an issue that some Davenport students have been working with legislators to address for the past six years. While here they were given the opportunity to meet with the governor and discuss their priorities. more

Ensuring gun rights in the Constitution

This week was the first legislative “funnel” which means policy bills need to be voted out of at least one committee to remain eligible. more

'Fetal Heartbeat' bill penalizes doctors

Senate Study Bill 3143, otherwise known as the Heartbeat Bill was advanced and now heads to the Senate floor, where it will be eligible for debate this 2018 legislative session. more

Legislators touched by testimonial

This week was the first legislative “funnel” which means policy bills need to be voted out of at least one committee to remain eligible. An example of such a bill was one that I introduced, HF 2178, which will require insurance companies to cover pediatric hearing aids. more

Measures to boost Hometown Pride

With almost one third of the 2018 legislative session behind us, I hope that we start spending more time helping Iowans get ahead. more

Preparing students for real-world work and better careers

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a time to recognize how much these programs do to prepare students for high-skill, in-demand careers with good salaries. more

Visitors from Quad Cities Chamber

Next week we will enter the sixth week of session, which means it’s “funnel week.” This means that bills that are not through committee at the end of next week are considered potentially dead for the session. more

Senate moves pro-growth energy policy

This week Senate Republicans started moving a pro-growth energy policy through the legislative process. Senate Study Bill (SSB) 3093 eliminates a backdoor rate increase on Iowa users of natural gas and electricity. more

Combating Iowa's opioid epidemic

House Republicans have led on this issue in past sessions, increasing access to opioid antagonists like Naloxone, and making improvements to our Prescription Monitoring Program. more

'Community college is involved in almost everything that goes right'

A de-appropriations bill, Senate File 2117, is under consideration in the Senate. This bill will take back money already promised, and will have some damaging consequences. Here’s what I had to say about it on the Senate Floor Tuesday: more

Traffic cameras and other bills

There are several bills moving through the Senate process that may be of interest to you. more

School aid weighted for travel costs?

This week we were visited by several constituents from District 97. On Tuesday students from both North Scott and DeWitt FFA chapters were here to participate in the Future Farmers of America Legislative Summit. Also this week school board members from around the district were here to promote their legislative priorities. Additionally, Iowa Youth Congress was here to discuss the legislative goals that they had adopted at their conference. more
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