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Underage dancing in a strip club

March 6, 2010 With the accelerated schedule quickly moving through this year’s legislative session, it is noteworthy that the second funnel date is March . more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home RUMOR?

March 5, 2010 Iowa Juvenile Home RUMOR? When the Governor and legislators say, “everything is on the table”, that’s exactly what they mean. more »»

Helping families living with autism

March 5, 2010 The Senate recently took a first step in providing health insurance coverage for some children with autism spectrum disorders. more »»

Senate Republicans offer fresh direction for Iowa’s budget

February 25, 2010 Use of one-time dollars for on-going expenses has put Iowa in serious fiscal condition Serious legislative work on Iowa’s next budget will now commence in earnest as lawmakers received... more »»

Funnel Week wrap

February 21, 2010 Hello once again from the Senate Chamber. This was week five of the 2010 legislative session. more »»

Community empowerment -Do or die?

February 19, 2010 The 2009-2010 school year finds the first kids involved with the Community Empowerment initiative approaching high school graduation. more »»

New government resort

February 17, 2010 A couple of weeks ago, I was in southern Iowa on business and I was close to Honey Creek Resort, the new DNR destination resort on Rathbun Lake. more »»

Legislature moving to back local businesses over big businesses

February 16, 2010 TOLEDO CHRONICLE- The Legislature recently took the first step toward approving legislation to protect jobs in small businesses across Iowa and ensure Iowa car buyers have more choices. more »»

The Emperor Has No Clothes

February 13, 2010 TAMA NEWS-HERALD - In my opening column, I wrote about the Governor’s State of the State speech & pointed out its short falls. His budget is the road map to this session. more »»

Eliminating federal deductibility – A live round!

February 11, 2010 On January 27, 2010, the House Ways and Means Committee met for the first time of the 2010 legislative session. The meeting was short and to the point. more »»

Protecting Iowans and their pocketbooks

February 11, 2010 TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Two bills to help protect middle-class Iowans and their pocketbooks passed the Senate on February 2. more »»

The Kapucian Korner

February 9, 2010 Another week goes by and we travel through this year’s legislative session at a hurried pace. The shortened session has added a sense of urgency to the activities surrounding the Capito. more »»

From the Desk of Rep. Betty De Boef

February 7, 2010 This week began with the announcement of the results of a friendly competition in the Iowa House that pitted the south side of the chambers against the north side. more »»

New bills would save lives on Iowa roads

February 5, 2010 On January 26, the Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony about the dangers of distracted driving from Colonel Pat Hoye, chief of the Iowa State Patrol, and researchers from the University... more »»

Rep. Horbach gets lesson on priorities

February 3, 2010 I was sitting in a meeting at the capitol, explaining a business bill to other legislators. My cell phone began to vibrate so I looked at the caller ID; it was my son Nic. more »»

Horbach seeks 7th House term

February 3, 2010 TOLEDO CHRONICLE - State Rep. Lance Horbach (R-Tama) has announced his intention to run for re-election for a 7th term in the Iowa House. more »»

Kapucian Korner

February 2, 2010 Week three of the legislative session is winding down as I write this newsletter. We have spent most of the week in committee meetings, one right after the other. more »»

From the Desk of Rep. Betty De Boef

February 1, 2010 The first week of session ended in legislators remaining at the Capitol on Friday. In recent memory, being in on Friday the first week is unprecedented. more »»

Democracy in action

January 30, 2010 It is very difficult to understand the long-term impact of last Tuesday’s election in Massachusetts. The Senate seat, held by the late Sen. more »»

Kapucian Korner

January 29, 2010 Greetings from the Capitol. Week two rolls along at a quickened pace. As you have spent this week slipping and sliding around, we have been doing the same in the statehous. more »»



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