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Q: What do you advise Iowans planning international travel?  A: Before planning a trip or booking a flight for an international destination, be sure to check the expiration date on the … more
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking (IBAT) initiative was nationally recognized this week by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) as one … more
Since my last newsletter, a special session was called to address a recent court decision regarding abortion. On Tuesday, July 11th, the legislature, reconvened and passed House File 732, a bill … more
U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) took part in introducing the Protecting U.S. Farmland and Sensitive Sites From Foreign Adversaries Act, which is legislation – endorsed by the House … more
The Swine Republic  Chris Jones  Ice Cube Press, LLC  ISBN 9781948509404  $29.99 Chris Jones, research engineer with IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of … more
Q: Why do you embrace social media as a federal lawmaker? A: When pioneering platforms emerged on the online social networking space two decades ago, I was among the first lawmakers to adopt … more
Treasurer Roby Smith is celebrating Disability Pride Month, which is observed each July, and commemorates the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. “Disability … more
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate today announced that nominations for the 2023 John Lewis Youth Leadership award are now open for all Iowans aged 25 and under.  The John Lewis Leadership Award … more
On July 1 the historic legislation to restructure and better align the organization of the state government and its agencies will go into effect. Senate File 514 consolidates … more
Last week, U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra voted for, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed, the United States-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade First Agreement Implementation Act. This … more
FUD is a slang word that stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.  FUD is a disinformation strategy used to influence people towards having a negative perception of something.  When FUD is … more
An Inconvenient Apocalypse  Wes Jackson and Robert Jensen  Notre Dame Press  $24 (paperback)  ISBN 978-0-268-20366-5 When former Vice President Al Gore produced the … more
With Governor Reynolds’ signature on each of the 2023 budget bills, the state’s spending plan for the new fiscal year is now set. The Governor signed all of the Fiscal Year 2024 budget … more
State Treasurer Roby Smith is highlighting IAble, Iowa’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) plan, which helps individuals with disabilities save. “It can be easy to take a checking … more
The Iowa Legislature continues to prioritize expanding access to mental health care in every corner of the state by passing bills to recruit and retain mental health providers to Iowa. Below is a … more
Q: What is Proposition 12?   A: In May the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a California law known as Proposition 12 that dictates how farmers raise their livestock to gain market … more
Q: What is Flag Day? A: Flag Day was designated in 1949 by act of Congress to commemorate the anniversary of the Second Continental Congress adopting the flag resolution in Philadelphia. On … more
65+ and Military Property Tax Relief – LAST CHANCE How to file for the Senior Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption House File 718, the property tax relief signed into law this session included a … more
To celebrate Flag Day, State Treasurer Roby Smith is showcasing safe deposit box items held in the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt. “The American flag is the most-defining symbol of the United … more
State Treasurer Roby Smith voted today to provide $200,000 in assistance to those impacted by the recent Davenport building collapse. These funds will be distributed through the Iowa Individual … more
The Governor recently signed Senate File 542, which makes updates to Iowa’s youth employment laws. This bill changed significantly in its journey through the legislature. This bill was … more
On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) issued a press release announcing that IDALS, Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Natural … more
Treasurer Roby Smith is celebrating Higher Education Day. Observed annually on June 6, the day commemorates the importance of post-secondary education. “Trade school, vocational program, … more
Last week, U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) helped introduce the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act of 2023, which would make the current Adoption Tax Credit fully refundable, removing income as … more
China & Me  Mamie Van Doren  Starlet Suave Books  ISBN 9798351166513  $29.95  When Joan Olander was growing up on her grandparents’ farm near Rowena, S.D., little … more
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