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House Labor Committee passes collective bargaining reform in marathon committee meeting

March 7, 2011 Last Friday morning at 6:04 a.m. the House Labor committee passed HSB 117. Debate began the previous day at 5 p.m. after already having met for two hours earlier in the day. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

March 1, 2011 Greetings from under the golden dome! While we continue to lack for much floor debate in the senate, we are rapidly approaching “the funnel.” Next week is funnel week. more »»

Listening to Iowans

February 24, 2011 The Iowa House of Representatives passed a historic bill yesterday, Feb. 16. If HF194 becomes law, it would be the first time since 1997 that significant tax relief has been given to Iowans. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 23, 2011 Greetings from Des Moines! As week six winds down here in the Iowa Senate, we are finally beginning some substantive debat. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 17, 2011 Greetings from under the golden dome in Des Moines. One bill per week. That’s the average pace of debate in the Iowa Senate after five weeks of session. more »»

“Re-Open Iowa for Business”

February 12, 2011 As Old Man Winter reminded us that we are in the heart of winter, we continued to work here at the Capitol. more »»

Particiaption "By the people"

February 10, 2011 What a difference a year makes…. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 7, 2011 Greetings from the Statehouse as another week goes by! Minutes ago I returned from the House of Representatives where Governor Branstad presented the keynote on his budget proposal. more »»

ObamaCare and the Iowa Juvenile Home

January 31, 2011 TOLEDO CHRONICLE - At the end of the first week of session, I was told that a DHS facility in my district, the Iowa State Juvenile Home, was going to experience severe cuts and program eliminatio. more »»

Investing in Iowans will help grow our economy

January 30, 2011 This legislative session, we are staying focused on creating good jobs and improving the economy. more »»

From the Desk of Rep. Betty De Boef

January 27, 2011 The fall of the gavel began the 2011 legislative session on Monday, Jan. 10. The first day, after all swearing-in and speeches, we picked our seats for the next two years. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

January 20, 2011 Greetings from Des Moines. It seems like just yesterday I returned home to plant the 2010 crop. And now, here we are, 2011. more »»

From State Sen. Tom Rielly

January 17, 2011 First week of session marked by old traditions, renewed commitment Four days down, 106 to go. This first week was full of the traditions, seeing old friends and making new one. more »»

Investing in Iowans is my focus for 2011

December 19, 2010 The most important thing the Legislature can do in the upcoming 2011 session is to invest in Iowans and strengthen Iowa’s economy. more »»

Horbach, De Boef receive Iowa House appointments

December 3, 2010 TAMA NEWS-HERALD - (DES MOINES)—Speaker-elect Leader Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) has appointed Rep. Lance Horbach (R-Tama) as Chairman of the House Labor committee and Re. more »»

Continuing progress on job creation and other Iowa priorities

November 28, 2010 I want to thank Iowans who participated in the 2010 elections. We had a large turnout at the polls, which makes for a strong democracy. more »»

High unemployment remains, House Republicans focus on the economy

November 26, 2010 The Iowa Department of Workforce Development’s latest report on the status of unemployment in Iowa hasn’t improved. more »»

Iowa honors veterans, service members and their families

November 11, 2010 Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11. I join all Iowans in thanking those who’ve served and defended our country. more »»

Bipartisan legislative efforts receive high marks for Iowa

September 4, 2010 CNBC recently released its annual “Top States for Doing Business” report, and once again, Iowa makes the top 10. Our state placed sixth overall, the highest Midwest ranking. more »»

From Sen. Tom Reilly (D-Oskaloosa)

May 6, 2010 Iowa gets high marks for economic growth, fiscal strength Our country has been hit hard by the national recession. more »»



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