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Editorials

District 53 Newsletter: Feb. 8, 2024 Edition

The legislature is quickly approaching the “funnel” date of February 16 where individually filed bills need to be through the committee process in order to be eligible for floor debate. This week I floor managed through a subcommittee meeting and the full committee meeting HSB 636, that ...

Sweeney from the Iowa Senate

We are finishing up the fourth week of this year’s session, and we remained as busy as ever as we worked on many major priorities in the legislature. It was a pleasure to meet with students from all across the district during FFA Day on the Hill on Tuesday. High school students came and ...

AEAs are critical to the success of Iowa’s education system

In 1974, Iowa legislators, under the leadership of Chuck Grassley, championed a groundbreaking initiative: the creation of the Area Education Agency system (AEAs). These AEAs, a network of 15 organizations, were established through innovative legislation to provide efficient, ...

District 53 Newsletter January 25, 2024, from Rep. Dean Fisher

We have finished week three of the session. Committee work continues to be the focus as we work through our bills. One of the priorities of the House Republicans is expanding Child Support. HF 2103 requires child support to apply while the child is still in the womb. This would mean a ...

District 53 newsletter from Rep. Dean Fisher

Week two of the session is done, this is the week when we begin our work on bills in earnest. I’ve chaired a few subcommittee’s this week for bill’s assigned to me by the Public Safety Committee chair, and served as a member of several others. I’m also working on writing and filing ...

Slices of Life: Never have I ever

I started this column thinking I might write about some of the things I’ve never yet done, like take an Alaskan cruise, drink ouzo in Greece, taste French bread in France or parent a dachshund. But I missed out on the most important never ever of all: Never, have I ever… played ...

Legislative news from Rep. Fisher

The 2024 Legislative session began on Jan. 8, and as always, the first week was filled with speeches and all the ceremony that surrounds them. Of course, the highlight of those speeches is always the Governor’s Condition of the State address that was delivered by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday ...

New Tama-Toledo Christian School

Our children’s education is one of the most important and most sacred responsibilities of parents. Parents have the largest impact on their child’s education and parent involvement is one of the most significant indicators of a child’s success in school (Mapp, Carver, & Lander, 2017). ...

Ways to engage at the 2024 Iowa Republican Caucus

Dear Tama County Voters, As Iowans, we have a unique opportunity to impact policy that governs our lives. The Iowa Caucuses will be held January 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. At the caucuses, there are many ways to make a difference. In Tama County, we will gather with our neighbors at precinct ...

Iowa Caucuses Count

I strongly suggest that all Iowans consider participating in the upcoming Iowa Caucuses on Monday, January 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Both Democrats and Republicans “caucus” separately in their local precincts to perform basic party functions. Although the 2024 Democratic caucuses have not ...