Friday marks the “first funnel” under legislative rules, which is a first procedural hurdle that will stop some legislative proposals for the year. If we can stop bad bills this week, it will reduce the damage that could be done later.
Iowa children are falling through the cracks and government policies may be part of the problem, according to members of the House and Senate Government Oversight Committee. Natalie Finn is a 16-year old Des Moines girl who died after she was tortured and starved by her parents. Malayia Knapp, another Des Moines resident, was beaten, starved, and imprisoned by her adoptive parents.
A new law, exclusively drafted and implemented by Republican legislators and the Branstad-Reynolds administration, strips away a wide range of rights from public workers in Iowa. Some comments in debate and since enactment have led to misunderstandings, but it is important that the true impact of the law is understood.
“In 2009, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds promised to create 200,000 jobs in five years,” said Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids. “After more than 6 years, Iowa has gained less than 126,000 jobs, slower than the rate of job growth in the country as a whole. Instead of working on legislation to create jobs, Republicans are pursuing a partisan agenda that ignores the best interests of hard-working Iowans.”
SSB 1081 eliminates the Iowa Emergency Response Commission and transfers the powers and duties to the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. It also makes other technical changes to transfers and renumbers the remaining Code sections.
Senate File 183 relates to the Newborn Safe Haven Act, which allows a parent to relinquish physical custody of a newborn infant up to 14 days old, without fear of prosecution for abandonment.
SF 1 requires that every proposed rule under a notice of intended action or publication without notice contain a jobs impact statement that outlines the purpose and statutory authority of the rule and analyzes and sets out in detail the impact on state agencies, local governments, the public and regulated entities, including businesses and self-employed individuals.
SSB 1054 eliminates the future repeal date for the Property Assessment Appeal Board. Other provisions make changes to the process for filing an appeal with the board, notifications of appeals and decisions by the board, including aligning the district court review of board decisions with existing review procedures.
SSB 1057 expands the ways in which Iowa can issue high school equivalency diplomas (HSED). SSB 1083 removes the $6,000 cap on the Iowa Tuition Grant (ITG), which is awarded to qualifying students attending an Iowa private college or university.
SSB 1085 – Changes to controlled substance schedules SSB 1086 – Fiduciary access to digital assets COMMITTEE ACTION: Senate Study Bill 1085 makes changes to the controlled substance schedules. Many of these schedule changes […]