If the Legislature approves anything less than 4 percent and 4 percent, more rural schools will be forced to close and consolidate. That would be devastating for the small towns in my district, and for hundreds of school districts in small towns across Iowa.”
Iowans across the state are worried that Republican budget cuts will endanger vulnerable Iowans, children and dependent adults. Cutting the number of people looking out for children at risk is a mistake. We should not cut services to our most vulnerable Iowans.
SF 130 deappropriates a net of $113.3 million from the FY17 general fund budget. These cuts would leave estimated cash on hand of $700,000 on June 30, 2017.
SF 32 adds hair samples to the testing methods that may be used in private sector drug testing. Current law allows drug testing on samples of urine, saliva, breath and blood, if the testing standards have been adopted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Senate File 32 allows for testing hair samples, if testing standards have been cleared or approved for drug testing by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
SR3 proposes permanent rules for the Senate for the 87th General Assembly and makes several changes: Rule 10 allows points of personal privilege immediately prior to adjournment for the day. Previously, points were allowed when no motion was pending or other business was being considered by the Senate. Rules 12 and 52 are technical and remove the word “germaneness” and insert whether an amendment is germane. ….
SSB 1005 – This resolution updates the Senate’s rules governing lobbyists. It includes one minor change and one date change. The bill changes the threshold at which a political action committee must file from $750 to $1,000 and also changes which General Assembly this resolution governs. SSB 1006 – This resolution updates the Senate’s Code of Ethics. It includes one minor change and one date change. The bill changes the threshold at which a political action committee must file from $750 to $1,000 and also changes which General Assembly this resolution governs.
Senate Democratic Leader Rob Hogg is urging Iowans to contact Republican Senators this week about their proposals for major mid-year budget cuts and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Their mid-year budget cuts would take away […]
Bolkcom: “The Republican proposal unveiled today sends the wrong message about the future of our state. The budget slashing by Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and Republican legislators leaves the fastest growing part of the state budget off the table: excessive tax credits. It is time to drain the swamp.”
Less than two weeks into the 2017 legislative session, here are some of the worst bills introduced by Republican Senators (so far…..) SF 2(Co-sponsored by all 29 Republican Senators) – Defund Planned Parenthood. SF 47 […]
A new survey of Iowa Superintendents has found that about 2/3 of them will be forced to raise class size, cut teachers, and reduce opportunities for students if lawmakers approve a 2% or lower increase in basic school funding.