Columns from Representative Tom Jeneary

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 8, 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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Representative Tom Jeneary — March 13, 2019

The first funnel week has passed and everyone at the Capitol is glad. It was a very busy week with many subcommittee and committee meetings. If a bill does not come out of a full committee vote prior to the funnel deadline, it is essentially dead for this legislative session. This past weekend, Senator Carlin…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — March 6, 2019

The 2019 Legislative Session is flying by. Funnel week is this week, and any bill that has not passed out of subcommittee and full committee will not move forward or be considered for a full House debate. This means long days and possibly even longer nights. One bill that I support is HF 468. This…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — February 27, 2019

New State Veterinarian for Iowa On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) issued a press release in which Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced Dr. Jeff Kaisand as the new State Veterinarian within IDALS. As State Veterinarian, Dr. Kaisand will lead the Department’s Animal Industry Bureau, which…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — Week Four

This will be a busy week in the legislature.  On Monday, February 11th we will debate K-12 funding for education for the 2019-2020 school year. This package will provide Iowa school districts with an additional $89.3 million in new funding next year. Included in that number is $7.8 million in additional funding to reduce transportation…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — Week Three

Last week concluded the third week of the 2019 Iowa Legislative Session. We have been assigned bills by the Committee Chairs and have begun the process of meeting in subcommittees to vote whether or not to advance the bill to the full committee. These are some items that will be of interest to the people…

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Representative Tom Jeneary — Week Two

Democrats Take Aim at Gun Owners House Democrats appear to have made a strategic decision to draft legislation aimed at diminishing gun rights. Multiple bills have been submitted to the House Public Safety Committee that seriously limit Iowans firearm rights, hurt local businesses, and criminalize everyday activity. House File 124 makes it illegal to sell…

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