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Legislative Committee Report

Drew Kamp/Kelly Halsted/Nick Glew, Craig Patterson/Amy Campbell

-        2019 Legislative Session: starts Monday, January 14th and Condition of the State is January 15th.

-        Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds became the first female Governor elected in Iowa, by beating Fred Hubbell, 50-47%.  In other statewide races, Democrat Rob Sand defeated Republican Mary Mosiman in the State Auditor’s race, 51-47%.  All other statewide incumbents won, including Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate, Democrat Attorney General Tom Miller, Democrat State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald, and Republican Secretary of Ag Mike Naig.

-        In the Iowa Senate, Republicans gained three seats overall and will enter January with a 32-18 majority.  They did it by losing one seat (Bertrand’s Sioux City seat to Jackie Smith), but gaining four seats (David Johnson’s independent seat in NW Iowa to Zach Whiting, Chaz Allen’s seat in East Polk and Jasper counties to Zach Nunn, Tod Bowman’s seat in NE Iowa to Carrie Koelker and Rita Hart’s seat in East Iowa to Chris Cournoyer).   There are many other new faces on the list, but none of them resulted in a new party in control of the seat.

-        In the Iowa House, Republicans lost five seats overall and will enter January with a 54-46 majority.  They did it by gaining two seats (Helen Miller’s Fort Dodge seat to Ann Meyer and Phil Miller’s Fairfield seat to Jeff Shipley), and by losing seven (Kevin Koester’s Ankeny seat to Heather Matson, Jake Highfill’s Johnston/Grimes seat to Karin Derry, Peter Cownie’s West Des Moines seat to Kristin Sunde, Chris Hagenow’s former seat to Jennifer Konfrst,  Rob Taylor’s West Des Moines/Waukee seat to Kenan Judge, Walt Rogers’ Cedar Falls seat to Dave Williams, and Ken Rizer’s Cedar Rapids seat to Molly Donahue).  There are new faces, but same party.

Senate Republican (Majority) Leadership Team:

Senator Jack Whitver (Ankeny) - Senate Majority Leader

Senator Charles Schneider (West Des Moines) - President of the Senate

Senator Jerry Behn (Boone) - President Pro Tempore of the Senate

Senator Amy Sinclair (Allerton) - Senate Majority Whip

  • Senator Waylon Brown (St. Ansgar) - Asst. Majority Leader
  • Senator Jake Chapman (Adel) - Asst. Majority Leader
  • Senator Randy Feenstra (Hull) - Asst. Majority Leader
  • Senator Dan Zumbach (Ryan) - Asst. Majority Leader

Senate Democrat (Minority) Leadership Team:

Senator Janet Petersen (Des Moines) - Senate Minority Leader

Senator Amanda Ragan (Mason City) - Senate Minority Whip

  • Senator Joe Bolkcom (Iowa City) - Asst. Minority Leader
  • Senator Bill Dotzler (Waterloo) - Asst. Minority Leader
  • Senator Pam Jochum (Dubuque) - Asst. Minority Leader
  • Senator Liz Mathis (Hiawatha) - Asst. Minority Leader
  • Senator Herman Quirmbach (Ames) - Asst. Minority Leader
  • Senator Rich Taylor (Mount Pleasant) - Asst. Minority Leader

House Republican (Majority) Leadership Team:

Representative Linda Upmeyer (Clear Lake) - Speaker of the House

Representative Chris Hagenow (Urbandale) - House Majority Leader

Representative Matt Windschitl (Missouri Valley) - Speaker Pro Tempore 

Representative John Wills (Spirit Lake) - House Majority Whip

 

House Democratic (Minority) Leadership Team:

Minority Leader:

Todd Prichard

Assistant Minority Leader:

Bruce Bearinger

Assistant Minority Leader:

Liz Bennett

Assistant Minority Leader:

Brian Meyer

 

In the United States House of Representatives, the Democratic and Republican Caucuses have yet to hold their formal Leadership Elections, but there have been formal nominations for individuals to be voted on to serve in their respective leadership posts, which will be voted on formally on or after the 116th Congress gaveling in on January 3rd. For the Democratic Majority, the following nominations have been made: Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) serving as Speaker of the House, Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Majority Leader, Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) Majority Whip, Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) Chair of House Administration Subcommittee on Elections, and Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Democratic Conference Caucus Chair. 

Senate Democrats held their Leadership Elections in mid-November as well, and their leadership slate will be Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) serving as Minority Leader, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Minority Whip, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Assistant Democratic Leader, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, Senator Elizbeth Warren (D-MA), Vice Chair of the Conference, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) Vice Chair of the Conference, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Chair of Steering Committee, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) Chair of Outreach, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Vice Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Senate Democratic Conference Secretary. 

In the United States House of Representatives, the Democratic and Republican Caucuses have yet to hold their formal Leadership Elections, but there have been formal nominations for individuals to be voted on to serve in their respective leadership posts, which will be voted on formally on or after the 116th Congress gaveling in on January 3rd. For the Democratic Majority, the following nominations have been made: Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) serving as Speaker of the House, Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Majority Leader, Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) Majority Whip, Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) Chair of House Administration Subcommittee on Elections, and Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) Democratic Conference Caucus Chair. 

In the House Republican Caucus, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been nominated House Minority Leader, Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) House Minority Whip, and Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) Vice-Chair of Republican Conference.  

Legislative Forums: have held ones in Ottumwa (Carla), Storm Lake (Kiley), Council Bluffs (Paula), Marion (Nick), Fort Dodge (Kelly), North Iowa (Chad), Davenport (Tami), Sioux City (Sam), Dubuque (Rick and Karen), Creston (Wayne), and Ames/DSM (Drew). Burlington’s (Jason) will be held tomorrow morning. 

2019 Legislative Agenda, talking points, and legislative summary are all complete and available for all members.

 

ACTION REQUESTED: keep in contact with your local, state, and federal elected officials and invite your state and local officials to PDI’s Legislative Showcase on Wednesday, February 6th from 4:30pm-7:30pm at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in the Elwell Family Food Center. Questions to the Co-Chairs or Craig/Amy.

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Information about EPA proposed rule re: water polution

One of our PDI lobbyists Craig Patterson met recently with Tim Whipple of IEDA, Nicole Crain with ABI, John Stineman with the Iowa Chamber Alliance, and Dustin Miller with the Iowa League of Cities to discuss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts via rule to redefine the federal government’s jurisdiction over water pollution. ...

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Home Base Iowa Act Passes

Over the course of the next five years, the U.S. Armed Services will downsize by at least 350,000 troops – many of whom have been living overseas for several years. ...

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Legislative Update - March 29, 2012

PDI Members,

As you know, PDI has been active all legislative session in working with legislators to provide feedback on their efforts to make some changes to tax increment financing (TIF). On Tuesday, the House distributed an amendment that will become the House’s new TIF bill. As you’ll see in your review of the attached amendment, the language goes very far and is quite damaging to TIF as a tool. The amendment will be discussed today (Thursday) in a subcommittee of the House Ways & Means Committee. PDI will have a few members in attendance to talk about the bill, and we are hoping legislators choose to change the language either in subcommittee or full committee. In the meantime, we wanted to make sure you see the language and have a chance to contact your businesses, your banks and others in your community who might have an interest in the legislation. We want to ensure that PDI members and their partners in the community have a chance to weigh in.

You’ll see many parts to the bill. Of particular concern to PDI’s Legislative Committee Chairs and other PDI members working on this issue are some sections that would do the following:

  • limits a city's TIF area to 25% of its assessed value
  • includes in Section 10 on Page 11 a requirement that the city prove that a project cannot be done without TIF and contains some other similar requirements
  • requires any changes to a TIF district to have county and school signoff
  • slows any possible project by requiring three readings of the ordinance which cannot be waived and includes other procedural hurdles
  • places sunsets on all TIFs
  • bans the use of TIF for housing unless the city is less than 10,000

Thanks for your attention to this alert, and we’ll keep you posted as this issue progresses.

TIF amendment attachment 

PDI Legislative Co-Chairs
Brent Willett
Kathryn Kunert
Jeff Rossate

Craig T Patterson/Amy Campbell
Partner, Campbell-Patterson Consulting LLP
Craig@IALobby.com / Amy@IALobby.com

 

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Legislative Update - December 28, 2011

A letter from PDI Legislative Co-Chairs to PDI Membership about TIF....

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