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Rep. Gary Mohr Issues Statement on REC Meeting

(DES MOINES) -- Today, Rep. Gary Mohr (R-Bettendorf), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Revenue Estimating Conference's March meeting:

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Iowa House Republicans Pass Bill to Protect Free Speech in School and On Campus

(DES MOINES) -- On Tuesday, March 16, Iowa House Republicans passed House File 744, a bill to protect free speech in schools, through the Iowa House with bipartisan support.

HF 744 provides additional free speech protections for students and staff in K-12 schools and college campuses. It prohibits faculty and staff from intentionally violating the free speech of students and allows disciplinary measures if violations occur. And, it requires free speech training at all Regent universities for students and faculty.

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Iowa House Republicans Pass Bill to Expand Injury Coverage for Law Enforcement and Firefighters

(DES MOINES) -- On Thursday, March 11, Iowa House Republicans passed House File 797 to expand the injuries covered under the 411 system for law enforcement and firefighters.

Under current law, 411 law enforcement officers and firefighters are covered if they sustain a single-instance injury while on the job. However, they are not covered if they acquire an injury over time through the course of their employment.

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Iowa House Republicans Take Additional Action on Child Care

(DES MOINES) -- On Tuesday, March 9, Iowa House Republicans took additional action to address Iowa's child care crisis with the passage of House File 606 and House File 712

HF 606 creates additional tax incentives for employers to invest in an onsite daycare option for employees. This legislation passed the House with a vote of 86-6.

HF 712 creates a child care incentive for developers to construct more child care centers. This bill passed the House overwhelmingly with a vote of 91-2.  

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Iowa House Republicans Deliver on COVID Relief Package, Providing $128M in Tax Relief for Individuals, Businesses

(DES MOINES) -- On March 3, 2021, the Iowa House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 relief package, Senate File 364 with an amendment, to deliver $128 million in tax relief to Iowa taxpayers and businesses affected by COVID-19. 

SF 364 exempts pandemic-related grants and unemployment benefits from state income tax.  Representative Brian Lohse (R-Bondurant) of House District 30 floor managed the legislation.

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