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Iowa Statehouse
Iowa House of Representatives
Des Moines, IA 50319

3523 Veralta Dr.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

319-266-9021 (Home)
515-281-3221 (Capitol)




Capitol Comments

Greeting to you all,

Veterans from across the state were at the Capitol for Veterans Day on the Hill to talk with legislators about policy ideas that will help veterans and their families here in Iowa. There was also a special ceremony in the rotunda with, National Guard members, legislators and veteran affairs officials to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. It was an honor to meet with so many brave men and women from all across the state, especially the Veteran’s Committee from the UAW Local 838 in Waterloo. 

The Governor and House Republicans followed through with their K-12 supplemental state aid funding plan for the session. The proposal would increase state supplemental aid to K-12 schools by a mere 1.25% which is the 2nd lowest on record for Iowa. This could also lead to higher property taxes for Iowans, just to make up the gap in funding for our schools in Cedar Falls as well as across the state.  A new survey of Iowa school superintendents released today found 99% of school officials are opposed to the Republican funding plan and ¾ of school districts would be forced to raise property taxes under their plan. Over the last week, I’ve also been hearing from school board members, superintendents, teachers and parents who have expressed deep concern with the Republican school funding plan.

With school officials and parents opposed to this funding plan, we’ve requested a public hearing for Monday, Jan. 28 from 7-9 PM. If you’re interested in adding to the discussion, please call 515-281-5129 to sign up, or go to  You can also submit your testimony on the website if you unable to attend on Monday.

The Iowa Commission of Persons with Disabilities visited the Capitol this week.  The Commission of Persons with Disabilities seeks equality in all areas of life for Iowans with disabilities in employment, as well as social, political and educational areas of life by providing information and guidance to all individuals who need it, as well as negotiating with employers statewide.  Thursday was Volunteer Iowa Day here at the Capitol.  I attended their reception and heard about all their efforts to promote a statewide initiative of community service, outreach, and an ethic of service.

Don’t forget to check out my website, so you can stay up to date with what’s going on here in Des Moines! You can also visit the legislative website at to follow the debates and discussions as they occur.  The League of Women Voters will be having their first Legislative forum next Friday at the AEA 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr. Cedar Falls Iowa. The topic will focus on education and other issues as time allows.

Thank you for taking the time to read the Statehouse News. Enjoy the weekend and please keep in touch!

Upcoming Community Events

20, 27 David Lynch Film Series Hearst Center, 6:30pm, 273-8641
21 UNI Men’s Basketball vs Indiana State McLeod Center, 7pm, 273-4849
22 Todd Oliver and Friends Gallagher- Bluedorn, 7pm, 273-4849
23 Black Hawks Hockey vs Chicago Young Arena, 7pm, 291-7680
23 HAHAHA! - Half Masted Comedy Lampost Theatre, 7:30pm, 277-8034
23-25 Frost/Nixon McElroy Theatre, 29, 30 Waterloo, Thurs.-Sat. 7pm; Sun. 2pm, 235-0367
23-25 Iowa Boat, RV & Vacation Show UNI-Dome, Fri. 2pm; Sat. 10am; Sun. 11am, 232-0218
24 Black Hawks Hockey vs Des Moines Young Arena, Waterloo, 7pm, 291-7680
25 Romeo & Juliet by the Russian National Ballet Theatre Gallagher- Bluedorn, 3pm, 273-4849
30 Black Hawks Hockey vs Omaha Young Arena, Waterloo, 7pm, 291-7680
30 UNI Women’s Basketball vs Wichita State McLeod Center, 7pm, 273-4849
30 Final Thursday Reading Series Hearst Center, 7pm, 273-8641
30-2/1 UNI Overseas Recruitment Fair Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center, Waterloo, 273-2083
31 UNI Men’s Basketball vs Wichita State McLeod Center, 3pm, 273-4849
2/1 UNI Women’s Basketball vs Missouri State McLeod Center, 2pm, 273-4849
2/2 John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party Wartburg College, Waverly, 7:30pm, 352-8691
2/5 Danish Cedar Falls: The Immigrant Experience Opening Reception Cedar Falls Historical Society, 4pm, 266-5149

On Thursday January 15th, 2015 Representative Kressig met with Kevin Gaul, Beth Bilyeu, Spence Parkinson, Chad Shreck and Natalie Merrill, members of Leadership Iowa ABI.

Representatives Bob Kressig and Deborah Berry of Black Hawk County with Board Certified Music Therapists Crystal Berkenes, Lucy Schipper, and Stephanie Johnson on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

Representatives Bob Kressig and Abby Finkenauer with Vietnam War veteran Tom Avenarius at the Iowa Legislature's Veteran's Day on the Hill on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015.

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 the Iowa Legislature celebrated "Veterans Day on the Hill", Representative Bob Kressig welcomed the UAW Local 838 Veteran's Committee from Waterloo to the Statehouse.

Veterans Day on the Hill

Hundreds of veterans and their families traveled to the State Capitol on Wednesday for Veterans Day on the Hill.  Throughout the day, veterans met with legislators to discuss the priorities of the Veterans Coalition. 

A ceremony was also held to honor veterans and other service members.  The Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, Col. Robert King, the Chair of the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, George Goebel, MG Timothy Orr of the Iowa National Guard, and members of the Legislature spoke during the ceremony.

The Veterans Coalition is a group of representatives from various veterans’ organizations across Iowa.  They work collectively to develop and advance policy ideas to assist Iowa veterans and their families.

The Veterans Coalition’s main goal is to help Iowa grow and prosper.  The Coalition is asking for continued support of Iowa veterans and their families.  This includes protecting the financial integrity of the agencies and programs like the Iowa Veterans Home, the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, the Injured Veterans Grant Program, and the Military Home Ownership Program. 

Throughout this year’s legislative session, the Veterans Committees in the House and Senate will review the proposals that the Coalition brings forward.

Online Voter Registration Could be Coming to Iowa

Pending approval of a new state rule, Iowans may be able to register to vote online as soon as the 2016 elections.  The Iowa Voter Registration Commission voted to adopt rules to allow an online system, to be maintained by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Iowans will be able to register via the Iowa DOT website from an electronic form. Applicants would enter their driver license or non-operator state ID number which would access the applicant’s signature on file. Because the verification of the signature is needed, only those with a state-issued ID or driver’s license would be allowed to register to vote online.

Opponents of the proposed rule worry that the need for ID would disenfranchise eligible voters and discourage voter registration by those without an ID or driver’s license.

Those who support the need for an ID say that this is just the first step in the process and that broader online registration effort is the long -term goal.

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