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End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

2015 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Today, we end the 2015 session of ...

Keeping Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes Open

Earlier this year, the Governor started a proposal of closing two of Iowa’s four Mental Health Institutes (MHI) wit ...

Avian Flu Continues to Spread

Eight Iowa facilities have now been infected with avian flu, bringing the total number of infected chicken and turk ...

Schools Lose 1,034 Educators Next Year

Schools Lose 1,034 Educators Next Year 408 GOP Pink Slips; 626 Positions Left Open  As Republican gridlock pushes t ...

Republicans Refuse to Debate Anti-Bullying Bill

Republicans refused to debate the anti-bullying bill today in the Iowa House.  The bill was originally proposed by ...

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House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 6-15-15

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 6-15-15

Last week, we ended the 2015 legislative session and returned to our homes and communities.   The question everyone always asks is, “what will this session be known for?” The answer is simple: shortchanging our kids in the school funding crisis that ...

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End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

End of Session Remarks from House Leader Mark Smith

2015 Legislative Session: Closing Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Today, we end the 2015 session of the Iowa General Assembly and return to our homes and to our communities. Last January, I quoted Willa Cather in my opening remarks whe ...

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House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-27-15

House Leader Mark Smith: Inside the Iowa House, 5-27-15

The 2015 session is now a month in overtime and things are moving in the wrong direction. Just as thousands of high school seniors celebrate graduation, school leaders are still trying to plan for the upcoming school year now just three months away. ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking May 14-May 20

Weekly Bill Tracking May 14-May 20

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. May 14 – Wed. May 20, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 634         Department of Agriculture Code Cleanup. Strikes outdated and unused provisions for code sections pertaining to the Departm ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking May 7-May 13

Weekly Bill Tracking May 7-May 13

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. May 7 – Wed. May 13, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Appropriations HF 648         Medicaid Special Needs Trusts.  Allows for additional distributions from a Medicaid Special Needs Trust.  (passed House ...

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Keeping Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes Open

Keeping Iowa’s Mental Health Institutes Open

Earlier this year, the Governor started a proposal of closing two of Iowa’s four Mental Health Institutes (MHI) without legislative input or approval. Already, some employees have received termination notices and patients are no longer being accepted ...

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Weekly Bill Tracking April 30-May 5

Weekly Bill Tracking April 30-May 5

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Apr. 30 – Wed. May 6, 2015 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF     Agriculture HF 583         Effluent from Animal Truck Was Facilities. Tightens regulations on livestock truck washes by moving them into the animal f ...

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