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Legislative update from Iowa Republicans

Legislative update from Iowa Republicans

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Republicans: House GOP Kickstarts work on Budget Bills Action on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget kicked into high gear this week, as…

Governor signs Attorney General’s bill to protect veterans

Governor signs Attorney General’s bill to protect veterans

DES MOINES – Iowa veterans will receive added consumer protection after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 2200, which was proposed by the Iowa Attorney General’s office. The bill prohibits…

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

The following is a Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: After another snowy week in North Iowa, I am hopeful that we can finally leave the cold…

Ragan column: Steps taken to stop harassment at the state capitol

Ragan column: Steps taken to stop harassment at the state capitol

The following is a legislative cilim submitted by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: This week, we approved immediate changes to ensure the Iowa Senate provides a safe and healthy…

Iowa receives $50.9 million tobacco payment

Iowa receives $50.9 million tobacco payment

DES MOINES – Tobacco companies involved in the 1998 landmark settlement transferred about $50.9 million to the state treasury on Thursday. In the last 20 years, Iowa has received more…

Gov. Reynolds signs 11 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 11 bills into law

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the following 11 bills into law on Tuesday: House File 637: an Act relating to state government operations concerning background checks and investigations…

Steve King’s opponent, J.D. Scholten, claims fundraising victories

Steve King’s opponent, J.D. Scholten, claims fundraising victories

SIOUX CITY – J.D. Scholten, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, reported a fourth quarter fundraising total of over $219,000, which includes over $211,000 from…

Gov. Reynolds calls for Pell grants to be expanded to more short-term certificates

Gov. Reynolds calls for Pell grants to be expanded to more short-term certificates

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds called for the expansion of Pell grants to more short-term certificates in high-demand fields on Monday at her administration’s weekly press conference. The governor…

Upmeyer touts tax relief for middle class Iowans

Upmeyer touts tax relief for middle class Iowans

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: Late last year, Congress reformed the tax code at the national level, reducing federal taxes on Iowans…

Ragan: Bees and butterflies boost Iowa crops and natural resources

Ragan: Bees and butterflies boost Iowa crops and natural resources

The following is a legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: Bees and butterflies are important pollinators for Iowa crops and other plants. The North American monarch population…

Iowa Democrats complain about GOP state tax cuts and elimination of payments to cities and towns

Iowa Democrats complain about GOP state tax cuts and elimination of payments to cities and towns

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: A House committee has taken another step forward on a plan that could leave Iowans with higher property taxes and fewer…

U.S. gains right to export pork to Argentina

U.S. gains right to export pork to Argentina

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In what is sure to be good news to Iowa pork producers and hog farmers across the county it was announced the government of Argentina has finalized…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: Next Tuesday, the 17th, is the scheduled end of this year’s session. I am writing this on…

Citing “unsustainable financial path” and $65 billion in losses, President Trump orders  review of Post Office

Citing “unsustainable financial path” and $65 billion in losses, President Trump orders  review of Post Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Postal Service has suffered billions in losses, mail volume has plummeted and retirees are sucking the agency dry, leading President Trump to order a…

Trump, Governor Reynolds and other leaders meet in Washington to discuss issues impacting farmers

Trump, Governor Reynolds and other leaders meet in Washington to discuss issues impacting farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gov. Kim Reynolds traveled to Washington, D.C. for a meeting with President Donald Trump on issues that affect Iowa farmers. At the round table discussion, Reynolds and…

Iowa Senators stand up for Iowa farmers and Iowa’s economy

Iowa Senators stand up for Iowa farmers and Iowa’s economy

DES MOINES – Twenty-one Iowa State Senators are asking President Donald Trump to protect Iowa farmers, businesses and communities as he makes trade policy changes. The letter urges the President…

Cathy Glasson’s campaign workers become first in Iowa to unionize

Cathy Glasson’s campaign workers become first in Iowa to unionize

“I believe in the right to join a union no matter where you work. I’m proud to recognize the Campaign Workers Guild.” DES MOINES – The staff of Cathy Glasson’s…

Gov. Reynolds to skip hotel ribbon-cutting, will instead meet with President Trump on trade

Gov. Reynolds to skip hotel ribbon-cutting, will instead meet with President Trump on trade

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds alerted the media today that she will skip a hotel ribbon-cutting event this week and instead meet with President Trump about pressing issues on trade.…

Voters approve Dirksen for auditor, rural hotel tax

Voters approve Dirksen for auditor, rural hotel tax

MASON CITY – Voters in Cerro Gordo county approved a hotel tax in rural areas and elected Democrat Riley Dirksen as the county’s new auditor. Dirksen achieved 96.61% of the…

Gov. Reynolds signs 17 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 17 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the following 17 bills into law on Tuesday: House File 2233: an Act relating to mechanics’ liens, public construction liens, and the early…

Governor signs AG’s bill to end credit freeze fees

Governor signs AG’s bill to end credit freeze fees

DES MOINES — Starting July 1, Iowans will pay no fees to place or remove a freeze on access to their credit reports. On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File…

Gov. Reynolds signs 8 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 8 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the following eight bills into law on Wednesday: House File 2338: an Act relating to temporary restricted licenses for operating-while-intoxicated offenders, providing penalties,…

Liberal Iowa political group observes Equal Pay Day, says women continue to make less than men

Liberal Iowa political group observes Equal Pay Day, says women continue to make less than men

DES MOINES – As the nation observes Equal Pay Day, a liberal-leaning Iowa political group – Progress Iowa – reminds Iowans that women continue to make less than men: Today is equal…

Steve King warns President Trump to avoid a trade war and tariffs (video)

Steve King warns President Trump to avoid a trade war and tariffs (video)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Steve King this week warned President Trump to avoid a trade war and tariffs and avoid the mistakes he says Jimmy Carter made decades ago. Congressman Steve King…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: Here we are again at the end of another week, with just six working days remaining before…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Local Officials Warn of Higher Property Taxes, Cuts in Services According to a new survey of local officials released this week,…

Rep. Prichard: Local governments will raise property taxes due to lack of backfill from state

Rep. Prichard: Local governments will raise property taxes due to lack of backfill from state

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City: Since the last time I wrote, the budget de-appropriation bill was introduced, passed and signed into legislation…

Upmeyer touts affordable health care and tax relief for Iowans

Upmeyer touts affordable health care and tax relief for Iowans

The following is a legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake: We are nearing the 100th day of session which means budget and tax issues have been getting…

Ragan: Bipartisan bill will prep workers for employment

Ragan: Bipartisan bill will prep workers for employment

The following is a column submitted by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City: Iowa employers have said for years that their biggest challenge is finding enough skilled and qualified workers…

Gov. Reynolds signs 21 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 21 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the following 21 bills into law on Wednesday: House File 2200: an Act authorizing the Terrace Hill Commission to establish an endowment fund…

Grassley miffed that Trump’s tariffs prompt big retaliation from China on agriculture

Grassley miffed that Trump’s tariffs prompt big retaliation from China on agriculture

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a decades-long politician, farmer, and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement regarding China’s second wave of tariffs…

Mason City voters extend two taxes on property owners to support school district

Mason City voters extend two taxes on property owners to support school district

MASON CITY – Mason City voters on Tuesday extended two taxes on property owners for 10 years to support school district. Voters approved both taxes on the ballot overwhelmingly by…

Gov. Reynolds signs Future Ready Iowa Act

Gov. Reynolds signs Future Ready Iowa Act

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2458, the Future Ready Iowa Act, on Tuesday at the Future Ready Iowa Summit in Des Moines. Future Ready Iowa is the governor’s…

Gov. Reynolds signs 9 bills into law

Gov. Reynolds signs 9 bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the following nine bills into law on Monday: House File 2195: an Act relating to members of the state transportation commission, and including…

City of Mason City expense report, March 29, 2018

City of Mason City expense report, March 29, 2018

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 3/29/2018 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————- ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 304.00 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 4,099.73 ALLIANT UTILITIES-IPC ELECTRICITY 114,377.55 ARAMARK…

Gov. Reynolds signs affordable health plan bill

Gov. Reynolds signs affordable health plan bill

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill on Monday that creates affordable health plan options for Iowans who can’t afford to buy health insurance. Senate File 2349 allows…

Ragan: Schools need training to prevent tragedies

Ragan: Schools need training to prevent tragedies

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: SCHOOL TRAINING CAN PREVENT IRREVERSIBLE CONSEQUENCES Suicide is the…

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

Legislative update from Iowa Democrats

The following is a legislative update from Iowa Democrats: Bill Attempts to Improve School Security The House has agreed with the Senate language addressing school security plans, and the bill…

Steckman opinion: Know the changes to voting procedures

Steckman opinion: Know the changes to voting procedures

The following is an opinion from Rep. Sharon Steckman of Mason City: Voting is a constitutional right. It helps our democracy work. Iowa has previously been ranked number two in…

Gov. Reynolds signs mental health, teen suicide prevention bills

Gov. Reynolds signs mental health, teen suicide prevention bills

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed two bills on Thursday that represent Iowa’s commitment to treating Iowans facing mental health challenges with compassion and dignity. House File 2456 is…

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