Columns from Representative Tom Jeneary

Representative Tom Jeneary — February 24, 2020

The Legislature’s first funnel was this week, which means our focus has been narrowed to bills that have a better chance of being debated on the floor and signed into law. What is the funnel? It’s a deadline when House bills are required to pass at least one House committee to remain eligible for discussion…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — February 17, 2020

Week five was incredibly busy at the Capitol!  We had many groups that wanted to discuss issues with their representatives. The House debated and passed the K-12 Education Funding Package. The House Plan invests an additional $108 million in new money into Iowa Schools including: $94.7 million in general aid $7.65 million for rural school…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — February 10, 2020

Last week, many people participated in the First in the Nation Iowa Caucuses. Republicans turned out in record numbers to Caucus. Regardless of your political affiliation, it is important to participate in grassroots politics. House Republicans are working on expanding high-speed broadband to underserved parts of the state. The Commerce Committee has passed several bills to…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — January 27, 2020

Investing in K-12 Education Early in the legislative session, discussions began on funding for K-12 education as part of the Supplemental State Aid (SSA) Package. Since 2011 when the Republicans gained the House Majority, investment in Iowa schools has increased by $863 million, or approximately 35%. While it is premature to predict what the final…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — January 21, 2020

Greetings from the State Capitol! This past week the legislature heard from the Governor, the acting Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice and the commanding general of the Iowa National Guard. Governor Kim Reynolds laid out her agenda for the 2020 legislative session by delivering her annual Condition of the State, entitled, “Opportunity Lives Here.” Four…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — April 23, 2019

It doesn’t seem possible, but the end of the 2019 Legislative Session is rapidly approaching. Many legislators have said we will be debating far into the night this week. The House passed several bills last week. The first bill, Senate File 113, holds repeat drunk drivers accountable and keeps them off the roads. Till bill…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — April 18, 2019

We have been busy in the legislature this past week debating bills. The health and Human Services budget has passed. This budget allocates $1.94 billion for Medicaid. With funds from the Federal Government the HHS budget will be $6 billion. As many of you know, United Healthcare withdrew as one of the managed care organizations…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — April 9, 2019

It‘s difficult to realize that we are in the second week of April! That means the legislative session will soon be over. Work on the budget will continue as well as discussions about policy and tax bills. Last Friday, April 5th was the second funnel, bills that have come over from the Senate need approval…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — April 3, 2019

This past week several bills were passed in the House. I will highlight some of them. First is the medical marijuana bill. As part of this legislation, a board of medical professionals and law enforcement was created and tasked with reviewing research and studies to help guide the legislature in making policy decisions. This bill…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — March 25, 2019

As the session continues to fly by, I wanted to give you the latest update from the Capitol. House File 690-A bill that creates the framework for a children’s mental health system in Iowa passed in the House of Representative Thursday. It directs the state’s mental health regions, which administer the adult mental health system,…

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