Columns from Representative Tom Jeneary

Rep. Tom Jeneary — May 27, 2021 (End of Session)

Greetings from the Statehouse, It’s official – the legislative referees have concluded that the first year of the 89th General Assembly is now sine die. In light of the pandemic, social distancing, and the challenges that 2020 brought us, the 2021 Legislative Session was one for the record books. Over the last 129 days, I…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — May 6, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, As we conclude week sixteen of the legislative session, our per diem is officially exhausted. This means that the majority of clerks last official work has been completed. Some legislators will pay their clerks out of pocket to remain at the legislature and assist with official business on a part-time basis…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — April 29, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, Week Fifteen is officially in the books and the House has passed the first budget, Admin and Regulations, and is preparing other budgets to be debated on the floor next week. I wanted to take a moment in this newsletter to highlight some of the line items in the two budgets…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — April 22, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, As final budget numbers come together for FY 22, the Iowa House is working hard to invest in items like childcare, broadband, and mental health funding. As the budget process proceeds, I am confident that the Iowa Legislature will develop a balanced budget that funds these aforementioned issues. When drafting a…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — April 8, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, This week is the second funnel week here in the Legislature. In order for policy to remain alive beyond this point, House bills needed to be voted out of committee in the Senate and vice versa. This week my newsletter will highlight current broadband legislation and renter/homeowner assistance for eligible COVID-19…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — April 1, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, First off, I would like to thank all of you that attended my townhalls throughout the session this year. I gained more insight to issues and was more than happy to connect with those who didn’t wish to travel to Des Moines this year. This week is when the budget starts…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — March 25, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, This week’s Jeneary Journal might look a little different than last week’s newsletter. I’m trying out a new system so I can contact you all a little bit easier (at least that’s what my clerk says). Opening Iowa’s Nursing Homes Safely Iowa’s nursing homes and their direct care staff have done…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — March 18, 2021

We have completed the ninth week and are a just over the halfway point for the session this year. This week, I wanted to touch on some topics and events that we covered this week, as well as giving a COVID-19 vaccine update. This week I was able to run House File 771, a bill…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — March 11, 2021

As I write this update, the first funnel is almost complete. It is hard to believe that we have already completed our eighth weeks of the legislative session. In this week’s edition, I want to address the states COVID response and some other news around the state. Many of you have been asking what the…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — March 4, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, Last Thursday, the House passed HF 532, a $27.2 million-dollar aid package to schools that were in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. I commend the schools in our district that were in-person through this evolving situation. I believe that this bill is a step in the right direction to offset the costs…

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