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Bill Analyses - Week of February 19th, 2024

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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - February 15, 2024

Highlights in this edition:

  • House Education Committee Passes K-12 Education Standards Review
    • The Iowa Department of Education is directed to conduct a comprehensive review of the graduation requirements, core curriculum, core content standards, and education standards
  • Iowa’s Civics and U.S. History Standards Too Vague, Lack Specifics
    • Iowa received a “D” in civics standards and an “F” in U.S. History standards
  • House Labor and Workforce Committee Passes Work-Based Learning Bill
    • The bill gives students and schools more flexibility on how they administer the program and how credits fit in with schedules
  • School Security Bill Protects Kids, Gives Options to School Districts
    • The legislation helps schools pay for school resource officers and creates a professional weapons permit and with extensive training for school employees
  • State Government Approves Bill on First Responders
    • The bill ensures that all types of cancer are covered for Iowa’s firefighters
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - February 8, 2024

Highlights in this edition:

  • January Revenue Comes in Strong
    • Through the first seven months of the fiscal year, net General Fund receipts are 2.1 percent higher than in Fiscal Year 2023
  • House Education Committee Passes Bill to Protect Students and Teachers against Retaliation
    • This bill protects teachers and students from being bullied into compelled speech
  • Regulating Temp Staffing Agencies in Health Care
    • It is estimated HF 2199 will save Iowa Medicaid between $7.5 million and $12.5 million
  • HHS Committee Advances Children’s Mental Health Legislation
    • HSB 502 provides for an enhanced rate for psychiatric medical institutions for children with specialized needs
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - February 1, 2024

Highlights in this edition:

  • Major Maintenance List Grows to $474 Million according to DAS
    • The State Historical Building has $75.5 million of work
  • Democrats Unanimously Oppose Maternity Home Legislation
    • A maternity group home is a community-based residential home that provides room and board, personal care, supervision, training, support and education in a family environment for women who are pregnant or have given birth in the last two years
  • Certified Enrollment for 2023-24 Holds Steady; 16,757 ESA Participants Enrolled at Iowa Accredited Nonpublic Schools
    • Public school district certified enrollment was 483,699, down only one-half percent
  • Bills Advance on Child Care, Maternal Health, and Parent Access to Medical Records
    • House File 2064 requires health care providers to give parents access to their children’s health care information
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 25, 2024

Highlights in this edition:

  • What Happens When the State of Iowa is Facing a Lawsuit?
    • Who pays any claim or settlement when the state or one of its employees is being sued? The taxpayers
  • Area Education Agency Update
    • The Governor’s office has stated that an amendment to the original bill is coming
  • What is a Woman?
    • House Study Bill 588 sets a definition of “woman” in Iowa code
  • Where Does the DEI Restructuring Plan at Iowa Universities Stand Right Now?
    • The Regents universities appointed their own committees to help implement the Board of Regents recommendations, but those implementation plans won’t be before the board until April
  • Your Children Still have the Right to Privacy
    • Protecting the privacy of children should be a priority for all adults
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 18, 2024

Highlights in this edition:

  • Gambling Tax Revenue Climbs in December, But Still Lags Behind FY 2023
    • The Revenue Estimating Conference projected that gaming tax revenue will come in at $318.5 million which represents a $24 million decline from the previous year
  • Social Media Use Leads to Poor Mental Health Among Teens and Negatively Impacts Learning
    • When schools place limitations on phones during recess, researchers found that students exercise far more, burning off energy, fostering physical health, and promoting better attention in class
  • House HHS Committee Hears Presentation on Mental Health
    • Republicans approved nine different bills dealing with mental health last session
  • You Can’t “Yada Yada” Road Safety Anymore, with Feds Now Coming for Humorous Road Safety Messages
    • The Federal Highway Administration issued new guidance for states to stop using humorous phrases on electronic signs
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 11, 2024

Highlights in this edition:

  • Governor Releases Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Proposal
    • The Governor is proposing an increase of $367.1 million or 4.29 percent over the adjusted FY 24 budget
  • Eighth Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Two Iowa Ag Trespass Laws
    • The laws dealt with ag production facility trespass and with cameras or electronic surveillance device trespass
  • Governor Reynolds’ Education Priorities Include Higher Teacher Pay, Better Reading Instruction and AEA Reform
    • Increases the minimum teacher salary from $33,500 to $50,000 and create a minimum teacher salary of $62,000 for teachers with 12 years of experience
  • Race, Ethnicity, Household Income, Education, Sex of Parent Are Not Determinants of Youth Mental Health
    • Parenting style is far more important than demographics
  • Governor Reynolds Lays Out Work Based Learning Plan for Students
    • Allows students to earn core credit for competency based WBL programs
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - December 14, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • Revenue Estimating Conference Makes Slight Adjustments to Forecasts for Fiscal Year 2024 & 2025
    • The slight decline $60 million in revenue comes from the next round of rate reductions adopted in the 2022 tax reform bill
  • Blue States Feeling Blue About Future Revenue
    • Minnesota Democrats increased state spending by 38.5 percent and spent down their budget surplus from $17 billion to $2.4 billion
  • Chronic Absenteeism in Iowa Schools
    • Iowa is one of only five states that saw an increase in chronic absenteeism
  • Exposure to Age-Inappropriate Material is Harmful to Children
    • Two lawsuits aim to invalidate recently implemented guidelines what is not age-appropriate material in schools
  • Study Finds Children Who Grow Up In Politically Liberal Households More Prone to Suffer Mental Health Problems
    • Among the differences that conservative parents displayed from liberal parents were the ability to "effectively discipline their children, while also displaying affection and responding to their needs
  • Public Retirement Systems Committee Hears Presentations
    • The IPERS report continues the trend of the funded ratio moving upwards seeing the highest funded ratio since FY 2012
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This Week's House GOP Newsletter - November 30, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • Smaller Growth Projected by Surrounding States as FY 2025 Revenue Forecasts Set
    • Kansas and Nebraska still expect continued economic growth, just at a slower rate
  • Iowa Insurance Division Publishes Health Insurance Report
    • Public programs provide health insurance to 1.5 million Iowans through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs
  • $29 million provided to EMS in Iowa
    • This helps local communities fund life-saving emergency medical services for their citizens
  • Tax Fraud Prevention Efforts See Success
    • The fraud prevention team found $48,951,421 in refund reductions
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