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On Wednesday (April 21), the House Health & Human Services budget subcommittee released its spending plan for Fiscal Year 2022. more
In the Iowa Senate, we are in the final few weeks of the 2021 session. This week we debated several bills, continued working on budget bills and confirmed governor appointments to boards and commissions. Several people have asked me about how to apply for these boards and commissions. Information and applications can be found at: https://talentbank.iowa.gov/. more
This week, the Iowa House sent a clear message to Iowans that telehealth expansion is necessary to increase mental health care access in Iowa. The House attached an amendment to Senate File 524 which requires health insurers to pay for mental health services delivered through telehealth at the same rate as they pay for in-person mental health treatment. Additionally, the House Health and Human Services Budget also includes this language. This amendment is extremely important as Iowa has a shortage of mental health providers. Iowa ranks 44th in the nation for psychiatrists per capita. more
“Now before we get into this debate tonight, let me be clear. If you support law enforcement — truly support law enforcement, you will be voting ‘yes’ tonight. If you stand up tonight and say you support law enforcement, your words will become meaningless with a ‘no’ vote on this bill. Actions speak louder than words.” more
Iowa’s 91 House and Senate Republican legislators want to outlaw classroom discussion of topics like racism and sexism (HF 802).  Furthermore, Iowa’s GOP attempt (HF 222) to ban discussion of the slavery-oriented 1619 Project book reveals their pro-white bias. more
We are in the homestretch of the 110-day legislative session! This week we debated bills, moved governor appointments to state boards and commissions and advanced budget bills in the Senate Appropriations Committee. more
F 342 - Back the Blue. This week, we passed legislation to follow through on our promise to support law enforcement. more
This week I would like to provide an update on a bill that I mentioned a few weeks ago. We have now passed HF 857 which was formerly HF 787. The bill creates the Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund and Program to be administered by IEDA (Economic Development) in consultation with IDALS (Agriculture). more
This wasn’t exactly the plan. more
Iowans who remember what it was like to live in a state that prized education no doubt heaved a sigh of relief when a vindictive and counterproductive bill to ban tenure at state universities failed to advance in the Legislature. more
Week 13 of the legislative session was mostly floor debate where we discussed issues impacting Iowans such as expansion of broadband access across Iowa, protecting the constitutional rights of Iowans, cutting property and individual income taxes, recruiting healthcare professionals to rural high-demand areas and giving parents more control over their children’s education. more
This week we passed House File 588, a bill that will create a Hoover Presidential Library Tax Credit program. Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was born in Iowa, and his presidential library is located in West Branch. more
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