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District 72 Update

District 72 NewsletterWeek seven of the session was marked by debate. Most of the bills we are running at this time are non-controversial bills, most receive unanimous or near unanimous support and only take a few minutes to introduce and pass on the House Floor with little or no debate. But ...

Orpheum doesn’t stop competing with private movie houses

Here's the announcement last week from Iowa Valley:Free Orpheum Family Movies Fridays / Saturdays in JulyMARSHALLTOWN The Orpheum Theater Center, 220 E. Main St., is offering a free Summer Family Movie Series thanks to the financial support of several Marshalltown businesses. The movies are ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureFriday, February 21 marks the end of the first funnel week and the sixth week of the 2020 legislature. The best way to describe the environment at the Capitol this week would be to compare it to a busy Las Vegas casino. Legislators were bustling between subcommittee meetings ...

District 72 Update

Newsletter for February 13, 2020Week five is done and many bills are working their way through the committee process. While the bills that pass through committee get most of the attention, often times the bills that are rejected are interesting to know about as well.One such bill that crossed ...

Iowa’s golden opportunity for pro-growth tax reform

As a result of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and elimination of numerous job killing regulations, the national economy is growing and states have benefited tremendously from this growth. In 2018 the legislature passed the first major comprehensive tax reform legislation in a decade. ...

Critical deadline approaching

The clock is ticking March 16 is THE LAST day to make what is likely one of the most important business decisions you will make for your farming operation this year.If you have not already visited your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to make your 2019 election for either the ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureWeek four was another short week for us because of the Iowa caucuses on Monday. While the week was shorter, it also included the first floor debate of the year.Since we have been working on subcommittees for a few weeks now, committee work has also started to pick up as we get ...

District 72 Update

District 72 NewsletterThe fourth week of session was very busy with committee meetings and subcommittee meetings taking up much of the time. The "Funnel " date of Feb. 21 is looming large in everyone's mind, as bills must be out of committee by then to move forward.I have the privilege of ...

New Waters of the United States rule is welcome news for Iowa farmers

In May 2015, former President Barack Obama ignored the legitimate concerns of Iowa's farmers, manufacturers and small businesses and announced an egregious rule expanding the definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS), a move that sent shockwaves through rural communities across the ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

In The LegislatureThe second week of the legislative session was a short one due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. However, that day off did not mean the week was any less busy. Subcommittees have already started on a number of topics and we're starting to hear from groups and ...