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Q: What is National Police Week? A: More than six decades ago, Congress passed a joint resolution to establish National Police Week to honor the men and women who answer the call to serve and … more
State Treasurer Roby Smith is announcing an auction to sell contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes. “Each year, financial institutions turn over contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes … more
Today, U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Hull) voted to overturn an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that would impose costly, new emissions standards on heavy-duty freight trucks sold in 2027 … more
From Charles Grassley: In 1988, President Ronald Reagan first recognized May as National Foster Care Month. Every year since, the month of May has been recognized as a time to bring awareness to the … more
State Treasurer Roby Smith is reminding Iowans to register for the 529 Day giveaways before May 31. “As part of my 529 Day celebration, I’m giving five families a $529 College Savings … more
The Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone watch features the world's 24 time zones. Escale ("stopover" in French) was created to appeal to the world traveler not only with the time zones, but with the … more
Thursday, May 4, was the final day of the 2023 session. Much of the week was taken up with debate over the $8.517 billion budget. The standings bill was the largest budget bill and drew the most … more
State Treasurer Roby Smith is celebrating 529 Day with College Savings Iowa account giveaways throughout May. “I encourage all Iowa families to sign up for our five giveaways this month,” … more
The last few weeks of session are dedicated to off and on-again debate. After the previous week’s confirmation of the Governor’s appointees, the two standing committees of Appropriations … more
Ellie Tice, Clerk for Representative John H. Wills "What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” - C.S. … more
Q: What’s wrong with the changes made to the federal student aid program? A: Iowans across the state are preparing for the annual rite of passage as seniors prepare to graduate from high school … more
The Observer: The Life and Writings of Bernt Olaf Wolden Amie Adams www.amieadams.space $20 Sometimes the most remarkable things are in your own backyard. Such is the case of The Observer: The Life … more
Week 15 in the Iowa Senate was exceptionally busy as we made major strides towards completing the agenda for the year. We ran over fifty bills on the floor, sending them to the House or to the … more
"If we cannot learn wisdom from experience, it is hard to say where it is to be found." - George Washington Friends, 11 percent! That is right, that is a significant number because only 11 … more
Representatives from Senator Ernst’s office will be available in all 99 counties throughout May to assist Iowans with problems or questions about issues involving Social Security, … more
Earth Day has come and gone for this year with little fanfare. It was on Saturday. When Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, was published in 1962 it raised awareness of the dangerous effects … more
I hope you and your families enjoyed a relaxing Easter holiday. It is definitely spring as I witnessed several farmers in the Senate just champing at the bit to get into the field for planting. Our … more
State Treasurer Roby Smith is using prom season to remind Iowans about the importance of saving for higher education. “The average teen spends about $1,000 on prom. That’s comparable … more
"Balancing your budget is like protecting your virtue. You have to learn when to say no." - Ronald Reagan Friends, It is the time of the year when we start looking at closing down the legislative … more
Q: What is the Cooper Davis Act? A: Counterfeit pills laced with illicit fentanyl are driving overdose deaths among our youngest generations. In addition to better public awareness, law … more
There was no debate this week as the Senate was busy working on the Governor’s appointment nominees. This process is similar to that of a subcommittee with three senators assigned to each name. … more
Q: What steps should Iowans take to prepare for severe weather?A: Iowans are no strangers to severe weather, from the historic derecho in 2020 to deadly tornados, damaging hail, thunderstorms that … more
Iowa law requires that all residential property be reassessed every two years on the odd numbered year by the county assessor. That means Iowans had their homes reassessed this year. When talking … more
On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that will likely change the way the Iowa Legislature establishes the state budget for years to come. And in the process, they may have … more
This week concluded the “second funnel." During this week the Senate standing committees held debate on many of the House bills to move those bills to the status of debate eligibility. Not all … more
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