DES MOINES – The second legislative funnel week came to an end this week, and with it ended the chance for several common-sense pieces of legislation that would benefit Iowans. These bills died for one reason – House Republicans.
Bills that Republicans failed to advance this year in the legislature include increasing funding for our schools over the next two years (SF52, SF161), helping struggling homeowners through the Iowa Mortgage Hotline (SF231), promoting goods and services that were made in Iowa (SF170), and helping our teachers prevent suicide amongst Iowa’s students (SF337).
“These common-sense pieces of legislation would have helped countless Iowans,” said Rep. Tyler Olson, Iowa Democratic Party Chair. “The inaction of the Republicans demonstrates once again that they are more interested in partisan politics than standing up for Iowans. This failure by the GOP underscores why its time for Democrats to retake the Iowa House, and the Iowa Democratic Party will do everything we can to make sure that happens in 2014.”
Below is a list of bills killed this week by House Republicans.
Common Sense Bills Killed by House Republicans
Iowa Legislature – 2nd Funnel
Killed by House Committee
|Made in Iowa||SF 170||Commerce|
|Suicide prevention training for teachers||SF 337||Education|
|Radon testing for homes and schools||SF 366||Local Government|
|Prevention of window falls||SF 381||Judiciary|
|Expand support for English Language Learners||SF 404||Education|
|Protecting domestic abuse victims||SF 359||Public Safety|
|Expanded training for child abuse reporters||SF 350||Human Resources|
|Continue Iowa’s Mortgage Hotline||SF 231||Judiciary|
|4% allowable growth (2013-2014 school year)||SF 52||Education|
|4% allowable growth (2014-2015 school year)||SF 161||Education|
|Continue early intervention & class size reduction||SF 319||Education|
|Campaign finance reform of independent expenditure||SF 329||State Government|
|Public reporting of gifts from lobbyists||SF 121||State Government|