Capitol Comments, April 8, 2016

We’re closing in on adjournment for this session and leaders in the House and Senate have negotiated the framework necessary for each of the seven appropriations subcommittees to craft their specific parts of the state budget. Now that the framework is set, there will be a flurry of activity the next few weeks to try to wrap up the session as quickly as possible.  We’re scheduled to adjourn on April 19 and after that date lawmakers will no longer get paid.

This week, a bipartisan effort on effective water quality legislation was underway. On Wednesday, ten members of the House met to discuss a locally-run model that the Rural Caucus has been stressing all session. I was very proud that all five of the members from the Democratic Party are also members of the Rural Caucus. It is clear that Rural Caucus’ leadership on this issue was noticed not only by our own party, but also those on the other side of the aisle.

Following our productive conversations in the afternoon, we spent the end of our day saying goodbye to the Legislators that are retiring after the end of this session. Several of them gave speeches to thank their staff and colleagues. These Representatives have spent countless hours working for the people of Iowa, and their constituents will be lucky to have them back in the community full-time.

Finally, I would like to invite everyone to a Medicaid forum with myself and our State Senator Brian Schoenjahn. The forum is scheduled for Friday, April 15th at 9:00am at Oelwein City Hall. Senator Schoenjahn and I will be joined by Senator Joe Bolkcom and Senator Amanda Ragan.

It is my honor and a humbling experience to be the State Representative for our community. I appreciate the messages and correspondence I receive from people in the District. You can always contact me anytime at or 515-281-3221.

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