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This week on the hill the House passed an all-encompassing bill that will combat the current opioid epidemic that is facing our state. HF 2377 will work to prevent doctor shopping, reduce over-prescribing, and will provide support to Iowans suffering from opioid addiction. more
This week, the Iowa House passed a historic mental health bill on a widely bipartisan vote. House Republicans worked closely with families and individuals who have experienced mental health crises, mental health professionals, and law enforcement to craft this comprehensive legislation that will support those dealing with mental illness. The bill significantly addresses many of the gaps we currently have in our mental health system. more
It’s possible for a broken heart to feel full. I know that now. more
School funding in Iowa can be a very hard thing to understand. Many people do not understand how a district could be constructing a building or remodeling while struggling to give staff raises and raising class sizes. These situations and others can happen as a result of the way schools are funded in Iowa. more
This week we amended and passed SF 455 in the House and now it goes to the Senate. The bill commits $2.9 million in new funding, permanently building it into the base so that it will grow from year to year based on enrollment. This is the first time since the 1980s that the $175 per student gap has been narrowed. more
This week, Senate Republicans revealed our tax relief plan: Iowa Working Families Tax Relief Act. Our plan has the Iowa family at the center and accomplishes one of our key goals of tax relief – to simplify. This proposal cuts overall individual income tax rates by 30 percent. Taxpayers will receive a cut on average of $1,000 a year. This policy means over $1 billion annually in tax relief. Middle-income earners in our state will keep more of their own money. more
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
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
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
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
With almost one third of the 2018 legislative session behind us, I hope that we start spending more time helping Iowans get ahead. more
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
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