Columns from Representative Tom Jeneary

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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Rep. Tom Jeneary — February 18, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, As I write this, we’ve just completed our fifth week of session and I’d like to highlight you on just some of the topics that we touched base on this week and the progress that we are making towards funding our schools and addressing child care shortages across the state. Over…

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Rep. Tom Jeneary — February 11, 2021

Greetings from the Statehouse, On Friday, January 29, Governor Reynolds signed into law Senate File 160, which required districts to offer full-time, in-person learning as an option to parents. Schools have until February 15th to come into compliance with the new law. Schools must let parents know that they now have this option for their…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — February 4, 2021

This week I wanted to update you on HSB 44, the bill I discussed last week related to military property tax exemption. After successfully passing out of committee, it was debated on this week and passed 99-0 on the House Floor. It is now being sent to the Senate for consideration. I am hopeful that…

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