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More School Closings on the Way?

February 23, 2018 My mother had taught in country schools and was dead set against me attending one. more »»

District 72 Update

February 21, 2018 Newsletter for Thursday, February 15, Week 6 of the session was “Funnel Week”, where all policy bills must be passed by their respective committees in order to stay eligible for consideration this... more »»

Changes in Iowa noted in new publication

February 20, 2018 AMES- To say Iowa’s demographic, cultural and social makeup has changed over the last decade would be to state the obvious. more »»

A balanced education

February 16, 2018 It’s said that the key to a healthy lifestyle comes from balance. Good eating habits along with exercise and plenty of rest have a bigger impact on a person’s health when combined. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

February 14, 2018 Week five is coming to a close. Legislators have been extremely busy trying to get constituent bills through committee to meet funnel requirements. The funnel deadline is next Friday. more »»

Iowa spending jumps $1.3 billion since 2008

February 14, 2018 The Iowa legislature has understandably been undertaking the difficult process of de-appropriations since the session began. more »»

Become an offcial- stay connected to high school sports

February 11, 2018 They don’t make the headlines. Their names are not in the box scores. They don’t make the all-star teams. But some of the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest official. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

February 11, 2018 This week the bulk of our work was again focused on moving bills through subcommittees on to the full standing committee. more »»

Inside the Iowa House

February 10, 2018 Over the last year, I’ve traveled to every corner of the state to listen and learn what’s important to Iowans. more »»

District 72 Update

February 8, 2018 Newsletter for Thursday, February 1, 2018 This week the House Republicans released our plan for a comprehensive school finance package. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

February 3, 2018 This week the House passed the water quality bill the Senate passed last year. We were proud to get this bill through the Senate, but we know this isn’t the final step – it is just the first. more »»

District 72 Update

February 1, 2018 Newsletter for Thursday, January 25, 2018 Week three of the legislature was marked with our first debate and passage of a bill this session, The “Water Quality” bill, Senate File 512. more »»

The ins and outs of public records

January 26, 2018 Previously, I wrote a column about changes that could improve Iowa’s law on open meetings. That’s Chapter 21 of the Iowa Code. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

January 24, 2018 As the week started, the drive to Des Moines was treacherous, and the weather reminded us all we live in Iowa. I saw emergency responders at work in the multi-car pile-up on the I-80/I-235 mix-master. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

January 20, 2018 First Week of Session The first week of session is already coming to a close. It is an honor to serve the people of District 3. more »»

District 72 Update

January 18, 2018 The second year of the 87th General Assembly gaveled into session on Monday, January 8 with great anticipation for another landmark sessio. more »»

Scaling up is the next step for water quality work

January 15, 2018 When the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was released in 2012 it was a whole new approach to addressing the important issue of water quality. more »»

What is cultural competence?

January 12, 2018 Which skills are critical to prepare students to enter the workforce or college? Strong skills in academics and technology typically top the list. more »»

We need to break our addiction to debt

January 10, 2018 Congress is currently debating a deal to increase spending caps and fund the government through the remainder of the current fiscal year before a funding stopgap expires on January 19. more »»

2017: Q & A

January 6, 2018 Q: What was the most significant achievement of the U.. more »»



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