Iowa House Republicans Outline Priorities with First Bills of the 2023 Legislative Session
(DES MOINES) -- Today, Iowa House Republicans released House Files 1-13, getting straight to work on top priorities for the caucus this year.
“Iowans were loud and clear in setting our agenda for the 2023 Legislative Session," said Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) "Iowa House Republicans now represent part or all of all 99 of Iowa’s 99 counties and are in a better position than ever to listen to Iowans all across the state and legislate accordingly."
Today, we are introducing our first bills of the legislative session, based directly on the conversations our members had with their constituents leading up to session. We are getting straight to work on the priorities we heard most consistently from our constituents and look forward to seeing these bills work their way through the legislative process.”
Below is a brief summary of each House File 1-13.
House File 1 – Property Tax Reform
- Provides certainty for the taxpayers by reducing the $5.40 levy, increasing transparency requirements, and capping assessment increases.
- Keeps Iowa’s money safe from activist Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) policies.
- Ensures Iowa’s welfare programs are available for truly eligible Iowans by codifying practices to authenticate the identity of applicants and verify information prior to enrollment.
- Creates two additional pathways to license teachers in an effort to address Iowa’s workforce shortages in the teaching profession.
- Gives parents access to the resources provided to their children by their school.
- A new program that incentivizes students attending the three Regent universities to go into high-demand job fields.
- Authorizes a study to take a deep dive into how Iowa’s Regent Universities are training future teachers and requires regents to define exactly what they are teaching in their teacher education programs.
- Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through third grade, or in a manner that is not age-appropriate for students
- Ensures that school employees can’t hide information about a student’s requested gender transition or identity from the child’s parents. School employees cannot facilitate, encourage, or coerce students to withhold information from their parents.
- Makes all school employees over 18 mandatory reporters and it requires schools and the BOEE to keep a record of all complaints made against employees so they can identify trends. It also prohibits school districts and teachers from entering into an agreement that prohibits them from discussing an incident or waives liability.
- Requires the Board of Regents publicly publish an online database to provide students with information about post-graduation median salary, loan debt, debt-to-income ratio, and more for the degrees they offer.
- Requires within US Government curriculum that there is a comparative discussion of political ideologies such as communism and totalitarianism, which conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy that are essential to the founding principles of the United States.
- Establishes licensure in Iowa for Rural Emergency Hospitals - a health care facility that maintains a 24-hour emergency room, but does not include acute inpatient care - allowing them to receive reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid at a higher rate.