Bill Analyses - Week of February 12, 2023


This Week's House GOP Newsletter - February 16th, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • How Much Sports Wagering Tax Money is Iowa Collecting?  A Lot More Than Expected
    • Through January 2023, $1.4 billion has been wagered through Iowa casinos on sporting events with 8.4 million collected in taxes
  • Protect Children, Support Parents - Education Committee Prohibits Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Instruction in K-6
    • Children in these grades should be focused on curriculum and instruction in math, science, language arts and history
  • Tone Deaf House Democrats Fail to Support Hunting and Fishing Rights
    • Last year radical activists in Oregon attempted to ban and criminalize all hunting, fishing and farming through a statewide petition
  • How Much Does a Snowstorm Cost to Clean Up?
    • Through Valentine’s Day, the Department has spent a total of $25 million on winter operations
Read more

Bill Analyses - Week of February 6th


This Week's House GOP Newsletter - February 9, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • January Revenue Remains Strong as Tax Cuts Go Into Effect
    • Through the first seven months of the fiscal year, state revenue is 4.2 percent higher than in Fiscal Year 2022
  • House Passes increase of $106.8 Million for Schools
    • The State Cost Per Pupil (SCPP) amount on which the school aid formula is based increases from $7413 to $7635, a $222 increase 
  • House Republicans Continue to Prioritize Access to Child Care
    • HSB 50 creates a two-year pilot program making child care workers eligible for child care assistance for their own children
  • Age-Appropriate Material in Classrooms Topic of Oversight Meeting
    • Comments from parents cited the graphic sexual images, explicit sexual content and disturbing accounts of violent sexual assault, rape and pedophilia as not age appropriate
Read more

Bill Analyses - Week of January 30th, 2023


This week's House GOP Newsletter - February 2, 2023

  • Education Committee passes Regent Teacher Preparation Program Review and Parental Rights Bills
    • House File 7 prohibits a school district from hiding information about students from that student’s parents or guardians
  • House Judiciary Passes Common Sense Bills
    • HF 112 allows county attorneys to look at previous convictions of domestic abuse in order to increase the penalty for an abuser
  • AG Bird and 24 other Attorneys General Sue Biden Administration Over ESG Rule
    • The lawsuit joined by the state of Iowa intends to protect employees’ pension plans by keeping politically motivated investment policies in check
Read more

Bill Analyses - Week of January 23rd

House File 94 - Movie Prop Money

House File 68 - Students First Act

House Resolution 3 - House Rules

House File 93 - Mental Health Providers Non-Competes


This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 26, 2023

  • House Republicans Commitment to Fiscal Discipline Ensures Financial Viability of Students First Act
    • After full implementation of the program, the state’s ending balance at the end of FY 2029 is expected to be $3.5 billion while the Taxpayer Relief Fund grows to $3.7 billion
  • School Choice Bill is Pro-Parent, Pro-Student
    • At the end of the day, parents — not schools — are responsible for raising their children. Put simply, parents parent and teachers teach
  • Rural Emergency Hospital Legislation Advances
    • Iowa House Republicans to ensure access to emergency care in rural areas
  • No More Withholding…Pensions are Exempt!
    • The 2022 tax cut (House File 2317) excludes retirement income from Iowa taxable income starting January 1, 2023
Read more

This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 19, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • December’s Revenue Figures Continue to Show State Revenue Growth
    • State tax collections for the month amounted to nearly $900 million, helping to push overall revenue growth for the year to 4.8 percent
  • School Choice: Myths and Facts on Affordability and Other Topics
    • The Governor’s school choice proposal fits within long-term budget parameters
  • Four Million Granted for Housing Projects
    • The projects awarded funding are leveraging an additional $3.3 million in additional funding
  • Prohibiting Non-Competes for Mental Health Providers
    • This bill will allow mental health providers to continue to see their patients without wasting time and money battling with an employer in court
Read more

This Week's House GOP Newsletter - January 12, 2023

Highlights in this edition:

  • Governor Releases FY 2024 Budget Proposal
    • Many line items are proposed to be moved to different agencies
  • Governor Reynolds Outlines Education Savings Accounts
    • For parents who choose to enroll their children in private school, they will have access to $7,598, which is the same amount of state funding per public school student, to use for tuition, fees
  • What are ESG Policies?
    • ESG ratings demand more adherence to diversity quotas, social justice messaging, and critical race training for employees
  • House File 1—Property Tax Reform
    • HF 1 shifts the narrative on property tax reform from providing certainty to government budgets to providing certainty to the taxpayer’s budget
Read more