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House Republicans have been aggressive in addressing child care access this session. more
This week was the twelfth week of the 89th General Assembly that ended with the second “funnel” deadline. This deadline requires that most bills, except those dealing with the state budget or taxes, must pass either the House or Senate and then make it through committee in the other chamber in order to continue to still be considered for this session. more
Gov. Kim Reynolds, like many Republicans, wants to change the subject from gun control and talk about mental health instead. So let’s talk about mental health. more
This week we passed HF 694, also known as the Beginning Farmer Tax Credit Expansion. more
This week, the Iowa House of Representatives passed several bills, including: more
This week we finished the 11th week of the 89th legislative session. So far, we have only focused on policy bills, and we will continue to do so for the remaining five weeks of the session. more
National Agriculture Day, March 23, was a good time to pause and reflect on a farm economy, and more importantly, a food supply system that has been buffeted by everything from  unstable supply chains and shortages, weather extremes to retaliatory tariffs and a world-wide health challenge that tests every element of life. more
House File 787 creates a butchery innovation and revitalization fund and program within the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The bill previously passed the House Economic Growth Committee with unanimous support and this week has cleared a House Appropriations subcommittee. The bill is now eligible for a full Appropriations committee hearing. more
This week, the Iowa House of Representatives passed several bills, including: more
The Revenue Estimating Conference met on Friday to revisit their estimates for FY 21 (the current budget year) and FY 22, the budget we are about to start working on.  They also came up with their first estimate for FY 23. more
Iowa Republican lawmakers, as you’ve read in this space, have been so terribly concerned about the First Amendment this year that some are willing to destroy Iowa’s state universities and potentially harm business recruitment to make a point about free speech. more
During her Condition of the State address, Governor Kim Reynolds outlined a comprehensive school choice reform plan. One aspect of this calls for expanding charter schools in Iowa. Charter schools are public schools that are run independently but are still held accountable to state and federal standards. These schools are currently limited in Iowa but can provide a more flexible learning environment. For example, a charter school could focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) or another academic discipline.  Expanding charter schools in Iowa will offer more educational opportunities for families. more
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