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Like many other Lancers and former Lancers, I cheered watching the boys’ basketball team make a buzzer-beater that sent them to the state tournament. I rejoice in updates (mostly from my parents) on how the girls' basketball team is favored to win the whole thing. I love hearing that North Scott has an archery team and they are – you guessed it! – headed to state. more
A lot of issues were debated this week, and a lot of progress was made on issues the legislature had been facing for a long time. We discussed a wide range of topics, including bills on insurance, hunting, animal cruelty, dentistry, and optometry. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at the addresses at the bottom of this column. more
This week marked the 50th day of the 100-day legislative session. The first funnel deadline has passed and the second funnel is coming up soon. Debate is picking up in both chambers as the House and Senate work to advance priority legislation. more
We debated a lot of issues this week, and we made a lot of progress on issues the legislature has been facing for a long time. As always, if you have questions or concerns about the issues we are discussing here in the Senate, I encourage you to send me a message or call the Senate switchboard. more
The centerpiece of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2020 legislative agenda – a water-quality and mental-health funding scheme and income tax cut driven by a 1-cent sales tax increase – seems to be bogged down in the GOP-controlled House and Senate. more
As the chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget Subcommittee, each session I have the opportunity to listen to presentations from various entities that receive state funding. These presentations serve as an opportunity for these programs to explain what they have accomplished in the past year, and what they wish to accomplish in the future. more
Retaining Health Care Professionals in Iowa (House File 2383). Iowa faces a shortage of health care providers in many areas of the state. This includes primary care, specialty care, and mental health care. more
This week marked a key committee deadline in the Iowa Legislature known as the “funnel.” more
One of the first things we did during our fifth week in the Senate was pass our education funding bills, Senate File 2164 and Senate File 2142. These bills together mean approximately $90 million in increased funding for Iowa schools. We are confident this amount is sustainable and responsible, allowing us to prioritize K-12 education and ensure money remains to fund other priorities, like public safety and easing the tax burden on Iowans. more
The Iowa House of Representatives held its first floor debate of the session this week, passing several critical pieces of legislation with one of them being additional flood relief funds. more
This week, the House debated and passed out the K-12 funding proposal from House Republicans, following through on the promise to take action on school funding within the first 30 days. We will continue to work with the Senate to come to an agreement as soon as possible so that schools can begin planning their budgets for the upcoming year. more
I’d be on the North Scott swim team if we actually had one. more
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