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Iowa House of Representatives
Des Moines, IA 50319
801 North Court St.
Fairfield, IA 52556
On Monday I was happy to welcome a group from Pekin High School to the Capitol. The students were at the Statehouse for their senior trip with teacher Kendra Richardson.
On Wednesday I met with Kevin and Angela Prevo and John Moritz at the Capitol. We discussed SF 179 which deals with federal tax coupling. Farmers advocate for a permanent coupling with the federal tax code to assure they have adequate planning and are not required to keep two tax records – one for state and one for federal requirements. We also discussed water quality and the county property tax funding of mental health costs.
Most committees have completed necessary business and therefore meetings are sparse. Both Monday and Tuesday consisted mostly of noncontroversial bill debate; however, things escalated Tuesday afternoon as Senate File 471 was brought to the floor.
SF 471 takes away the rights of a woman to make her own medical decisions. This bill is a 20 week abortion ban that does not have exceptions for rape, incest, or fetal anomaly and provides only narrow exceptions for life or health of the mother.
The truth is that the vast majority of abortions after twenty weeks are from wanted pregnancies that have gone horribly wrong. Parents are forced to make the terrible, tough decision to carry the baby to term or terminate the pregnancy. I don’t think politicians should try to make medical decisions for a woman when it’s best made between her, her family, her doctor, and her faith.
Revised budget targets were another topic of discussion this week. For the second time this year, Republican lawmakers are forcing Iowans to pay for their massive corporate tax giveaways. In the outline they released this week, we learned the GOP budget does not build the skilled workforce we need nor protect the most vulnerable citizens in our community, including our seniors, children, and those with disabilities.
The shortfall in the state budget is largely the result of new corporate tax giveaways that have increased exponentially and now top $500 million annually. Those GOP giveaways have turned a $927 million state surplus into a $130 million general fund deficit this year.
Back in January, the state faced a $120 million deficit and Republicans forced mid-year budget cuts that raised tuition for Iowa students. As more details on the budget come to light in the weeks ahead, I believe we should work together to restore fiscal discipline and ensure Iowans no longer have to pay for the tax giveaways the state can’t afford. Borrowing from your family savings to pay your credit card debt is not a good solution.
Legislative Forums: The final Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Legislative forum will be held on April 15th at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairfield Public Library. My final personal forum will be held on April 22nd. I will meet with constituents in Keosauqua at Great Day Cafe at 9:00 a.m. and in Bloomfield at Rancho Centinela at 12:00.
Please phone or email me with your comments and concerns. You may email me at Curt.Hanson@legis.iowa.gov or you may telephone me at 641-919-2314. Your message is important to me and the people of this district.
On Monday, April 3rd, 2017 Representative Curt Hanson welcomed the senior class of Pekin High School into the Capitol. The group was at the Statehouse for their senior trip with their teacher Kendra Richardson.
House Majority Limits Medical Decisions for Women
Iowa women will likely face new restrictions on difficult medical decisions next year, despite opposition from several lawmakers who believe those decisions are best left to a woman and her doctor.
Republicans, who control the majority in the Iowa House, approved Senate File 471 this week to restrict a woman’s right to choose. In addition, the bill requires a pregnant woman to continue her pregnancy to full term, even if a physician determines that the fetus has a congenital defect and will not survive after being born. The bill does include very narrow exceptions for the health and life of the mother, but does not allow for any exceptions in the cases of rape or incest.
Under the legislation, a current or former health care provider, a county attorney, or the Iowa Attorney General has the ability to prevent a woman from having an abortion or stopping a physician from continuing to perform abortions. If a lawsuit is filed, the woman who had an abortion, or had an attempted abortion performed, must justify to the Court why her identity should be kept secret.
The last main aspect of the bill requires a woman to wait at least seventy-two hours to obtain an abortion service in Iowa. The physician must also provide her with specific information that may not be applicable to her health or situation.
The bill, which was approved on a party line vote, now goes back to the Iowa Senate for consideration.
Capitol Dome to Undergo Repairs
Visitors to the Iowa Capitol could notice some exterior changes to the iconic golden dome. The dome will soon be covered in scaffolding as major renovations have begun this past week.
The project, which has a $10 million budget, will include the repainting of windows, replacement of bricks, stone resurfacing, and sheet metal for structural integrity of the dome. Renovations will also address the moisture that accumulates in the dome which has caused some structural damage over the years.
The project, which should be finished next summer, received funding last year and was paid for with gambling revenue.
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