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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
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
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
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
There are several bills moving through the Senate process that may be of interest to you. more
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
On Wednesday, Jan. 31, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a water quality funding bill; her first piece of legislation. The bill provides $282 million over 12 years for water quality projects, a priority Reynolds set out in her Condition of the State address in January. more
Committee work has started to ramp up. Along with that, we are working on a de-appropriation bill for the current budget year. After that we will do Supplemental State Aid for K-12 schools and fit that into the FY19 budget. more
The passage of a long-awaited water quality bill, SF512, was big news as it rushed through the Iowa House this week. It now awaits the governor’s signature.While it is a step forward on water quality issues, it certainly is not a real solution. more
One of the topics that comes up early on in the legislative session is education funding. We plan to determine the amount of funding early so our local school districts can start planning their budgets for the next school year. more
I started the week by visiting to the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. They are currently seeking funding to build a new facility to handle the extensive case load that is processed through the lab every day. more
Scott County has always been a desirable place to settle and live. Many individuals found their way to a better life by seizing hold of their dreams and working hard to turn them into a reality. Although some did better than others, most were able to settle into relative comfort. more
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