Bob Kressig Newsletter June 16, 2022

Greetings to you all, Hopefully, everyone is getting out in the community to enjoy the summer weather and visiting with friends and family. The Cedar Valley has had several events including the recent My Waterloo Days and the upcoming Sturgis Falls event in Cedar Falls will be happening. It should be fun! The annual Sturgis...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter June 3, 2022

Greetings to you all, The legislature adjourned for the year on May 25th, at 12:16 am. The attached newsletter gives details on what did or didn’t occur during the session. I’ve heard from many people that they were glad to see that Governor Reynolds’s vouchers bill did not have the votes to pass in the...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter May 19, 2022

Greetings to you all, The legislature is still waiting for the majority party to bring the session to an end. Currently all of the discussions taking place are occurring behind closed doors. Hopefully, the majority party can reach agreements with the state budgets to bring closure to the 2022 legislative session. I attended the 2022...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter May 5, 2022

Greetings to you all, The legislature is still waiting on the majority party to get the session ready to adjourn for the year. The ability to bring the session to a close is something that should be moving forward but it isn’t. The barrier is still the governors private school voucher proposal. The majority party...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter April 28, 2022

Greetings to you all, I hope everyone is doing great. The legislative session was scheduled to adjourn on Tuesday, April 19th. We are now in our second week of waiting to see what the agreements will be between the House and Senate Republicans, before we adjourn. The big sticking point is the governor’s private school...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter April 14, 2022

Greetings to you all, I hope everyone is staying safe during the severe storms that passed through this week! The legislative session is winding down as we wait for the House and Senate to consider eligible bills and the appropriations bills that make up the state budget. The House only met on Tuesday of this...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter April 7, 2022

Greetings to you all, I hope everyone is doing great. Fingers are crossed that spring has finally arrived and hopefully warmer weather will be here soon! On Monday, the House debated and passed eight bills. Here are some of the highlights, and you can find the full list of bills here: SF 2260: An act which...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 31, 2022

Greetings to you all, Hope everyone is getting excited for the start of April. The legislative session is a few weeks away from its official end date, but we still have plenty of bills to debate and pass. On Monday, I attended a meeting of the Transportation and Infrastructure budget subcommittee, where we reviewed the...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 25, 2022

Greetings to you all, I hope that everyone is doing well as the weather continues to change. This was a very debate-heavy week here at the House as we deliberated on a number of new issues. Beginning on Tuesday, the House debated and passed 10 bills. You can find all of the bills here, and review...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 17, 2022

Greetings to you all, I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather. Hopefully spring is here to stay! On Monday, the House debated and passed 15 bills. You can find the full list of bills here, and review the highlights below: HF 2471: An act which allows for the use of inventory checklists at the start...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 11, 2022

Greetings to you all, I hope everyone is staying warm through the ups and downs of this week’s weather! On Monday, we celebrated UNI’s Day at the Capitol, a daylong event featuring students, faculty, and staff from UNI to meet with legislators and showcase the achievements of the UNI community. The financial benefits that UNI...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 3, 2022

Greetings to you all, It’s great to see that the weather is warming up and that spring is right around the corner! On Monday, the House debated and passed 8 bills. You can see all of the bills here, and below are some highlights: HF 2081: An act which eliminates the Praxis exam as a requirement...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 25, 2022

Greetings to you all, On Monday, the House began its week of debate on a long list of bills. Here are the highlights of the first 9 bills the House passed this week. You can find the complete list of bills passed on Monday here. HF 2123: An act which authorizes a criminal or juvenile justice...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 17, 2022

Greetings to you all, On Monday, I was part of the subcommittee for HF 2191, a bill which would make changes to the sentence commutation process for Class A felons. We had very passionate comments made during the subcommittee from people with loved ones who have served a substantial amount of time in prison and are...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 11, 2022

Greetings to you all, On Monday evening, the Iowa Caucuses took place across the state of Iowa. I attended our caucus and had a good group turn out. It was great to speak with those who attended in Cedar Falls. On Tuesday, I met with the Public Safety and Commerce committees. The Commerce committee reviewed HSB...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 4, 2022

Greetings to you all, On Monday, I attended a meeting of the Commerce committee, where we reviewed the following bills: HSB 547, a bill which institutes changes to the Insurance Division in order to meet membership requirements for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners HSB 587, a bill which amends investment law to make it...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter January 27, 2022

Greetings to you all, On Monday, I attended a meeting of the Commerce committee. We discussed SF 586, a bill which modernizes elements of the Iowa Banking Act, addressing issues such as online banking, financial technology, and innovation. Tuesday marked Iowa Solar Day at the Capitol, and I met with the Iowa Solar Energy Trade...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter January 20, 2022

Greetings to you all, I hope that everyone is doing well and staying warm. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I attended the MLK Back Packin’ the Dome event at UNI. Along with hundreds of other volunteers, we packed thousands of bags of food to help combat child food insecurity. Many thanks to...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter January 13, 2022

Greetings to you all, The House of Representatives began its 2022 session this Monday, and I am eager to get started working on behalf of all Iowans. This week, we heard speeches from both the minority and majority party, as well as the governor, outlining the legislative priorities for the upcoming session. In Governor Reynolds’s...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter January 7, 2022

Greetings to you all, Happy New Year! The Iowa legislature will be starting on Monday, January 10th.  I’m looking forward to getting started and working on issues impacting Iowans. Covid-19 has impacted our state and we need to come together and work to solve the problems we are facing. Some of the issues are mental...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter December 9, 2021

Greetings to you all, The Dept. of Public Health issued a press release today, stating that the Department and the State Hygienic Lab have confirmed detection of the first case of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron, in an Iowa resident. The case involves an unvaccinated individual under the age of 18, who resides in Black Hawk...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter November 19, 2021

  Greetings to you all, Hopefully, everyone is doing great. For individuals that live in Cedar Falls, the November 30, 2021 Cedar Falls Mayor and Ward 3 Council member Runoff Elections will be taking place. Polls will be open from 7am-8pm. Questions may be directed to the Election Office: telephone number 319-833-3007, email address elections@co.black-hawk.ia.us. Here is...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter November 4, 2021

  Greetings to you all, Hopefully, everyone is doing great. The legislature met on October 28th, to decide the 2nd redistricting map for Iowa. The first map was not supported by the majority party and so the Legislative Service Agency had to redraw a 2nd map. I supported the non-partisan approach to the 1st and...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter October 22, 2021

  Greetings to you all, Hopefully, everyone is doing great. I attended the UNI Business and Community Fair on Wednesday and it was great to see the number of businesses sharing the potential job opportunities that students could enjoy in the community. In the Statehouse Newsletter, you will find information about supporting Iowa workers, 2nd...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter October 7, 2021

  Greetings to you all, Hopefully, everyone is enjoying the days of October and enjoying the weather.  In addition to Halloween, there are many ways to celebrate in October. It is officially autumn, which means cozy apparel, your favorite chilly weather recipes, and beautiful foliage. In the Statehouse Newsletter, you will find information about what happened with...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter September 10, 2021

  Greetings to you all! Hopefully, everyone is able to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The month is used to help spread hope and vital information to people impacted by suicide. The goal is to make sure the resources and help are available to those...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter August 25, 2021

  Greeting to you all, Hopefully, everyone is enjoying the last few days of August. I recently had the opportunity to attend Chris Hoffman’s retirement party who has retired as the director of Pathways Behavioral Services in Waterloo. Chris and his staff have helped so many people who are struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter August 12, 2021

  Greeting to you all, Hopefully everyone is enjoying the warm month of August. I just finished riding my 35th RAGBRAI this year. I enjoyed the journey and the experiences, as we rode across the beautiful state of Iowa. I really enjoyed visiting all the towns on the RAGBRAI route this year. In the Statehouse Newsletter,...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter July 31, 2021

  Removing Barriers so Iowans Can Return to Work Iowa’s worker shortage was compounded by the pandemic and many businesses are still struggling to find employees today. We need to remove barriers so that Iowans have the opportunity to go back to work. Barriers such as accessible and affordable healthcare, higher education, and childcare, as...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter July 14, 2021

  Greetings to you all! Hopefully, everyone is able to get out and enjoy the summer weather. It’s great to see all the local events taking place again across Iowa. Test Iowa, the state’s COVID-19 testing program, will transition from offering COVID-19 testing at drive through locations throughout the state to providing Iowans access to...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter July 1, 2021

  Greetings to you all! June is over and July starts as we continue our 2021 summer. Hopefully, everyone has a fantastic summer. In the Statehouse Newsletter you will find information regarding new laws that will go into effect July 1st. There is information regarding expanding access to childcare, telehealth access for health care and...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter June 18, 2021

  Greeting to you all, Welcome to summer and very warm Iowa weather. Take measures to stay cool and remain hydrated and keep your self informed with current weather conditions. Getting too hot can make you sick and also protect your children and pets from remaining in an unattended car for extended periods of time....
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Bob Kressig Newsletter May 29, 2021

  Greetings to you all! After 3 weeks of overtime, the 2021 legislative session has finally adjourned for the year. The session was full of controversy and dealt primarily with partisan politics. I have not seen this type of legislative process in my years of serving in the legislature. We were able to pass some...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter May 13, 2021

  Greetings to you all! We are in the 2nd week of overtime of the 2021 legislative session. The process to end the session requires that the legislature establish what the budgets will be for the state in the upcoming year.  Several very important budgets are waiting for the majority party in the House and...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter April 29, 2021

  Greetings to you all! We have finished the last scheduled week of the 2021 legislative session. We will not be finished in time as the state budgets are being finalized between the republican controlled House and Senate. Long debates continued throughout this week as we worked towards the end of the legislative session. During...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter April 23, 2021

  Greetings to you all! After this week we will have 4 scheduled days left of the 2021 session, but we could go past the official end date of Friday April 30th especially with the budget discussions taking place. We are continuing to have long debates as we wrap up the remaining bills. Tuesday a public...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter April 15, 2021

  Greetings to you all! We are nearing the end of the 2021 legislative session  with only two weeks left, if we finish within the 110 days scheduled. This week, only certain bills were eligible for consideration.  These would be  bills passed by both Chambers, Appropriation bills, Ways and Means bills, Government Oversight bills, Legalizing...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter April 2, 2021

  Greetings to you all! We have completed the 12th week of the 89th General Assembly. APRIL 2nd is also the 2nd funnel date which means that for Senate bills and joint resolutions they need to be reported out of House committees and House bills and joint resolutions out of Senate committees, to survive the funnel deadline. We...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 26, 2021

  Greetings to you all! As we end the 11th week of the legislative session lengthy debates continue to happen, they are not limited by rule during the legislative weeks 11 and 12. I continue to have meetings with committees that I serve on. This week I had a Public Safety meeting and a virtual meeting...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 18, 2021

  We’ve begun the 10th week of the 2021 legislative session, so we’re moving toward the 2nd funnel date, which means that bills that haven’t passed out of the House or Senate will not move forward during the remainder of the session. This week, we continued to debate bills so they can survive the funnel process.  We...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 11, 2021

  Greetings to you all! We begin the 9th week of the legislative session, which is the first week after the first funnel deadline. Many of the standing committees are not meeting, instead much of the time is focused on subcommittees and floor debate, with 64 bills that were debated during the week. Monday, we had...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter March 4, 2021

Greetings to you all! We began our 8th week of the legislative session and we are nearing the first funnel on Friday. The funnel deadline says that bills that haven’t been passed through the committee process are not eligible for debate on the floor of the House. This week was mostly dealing with full committee and...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 25, 2021

  Greetings to you all! This week is the start of the 7th week and things are picking up at the Capitol. Monday I had a Commerce Committee meeting dealing with Iowa appraisal standards and appraiser certification law. Tuesday I had a subcommittee HSB218 dealing with requiring employers to give adoptive parents the same benefits as a biological...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 19, 2021

  Greetings to you all. I hope everyone has stayed warm and safe despite the extremely cold weather and hopefully we see warmer weather soon. Monday I had a Commerce Committee meeting that passed a bill dealing with private flood insurance. Tuesday I attended a Public Safety Committee meeting dealing with staying safe and sound...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 12, 2021

  Greetings to you all, Wearing a mask and social distancing is still a priority for me to keep myself and the people around me safe. Hopefully with additional access to vaccinations we can begin to reclaim some normalcy again in our lives. With the 5th week of the legislative session finishing up we are reaching a...
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Bob Kressig Newsletter February 4, 2020

  Greetings to you all, Monday was the start of the fourth week of the legislative session. This week there has been recent reports of additional outbreaks of Covid-19 at the Capitol. This concerns me greatly, and I am taking the steps to keep myself and staff protected by wearing a mask and social distancing....
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Bob Kressig Newsletter January 29, 2021

  Greetings to you all, I hope you all stayed safe and warm despite the heavy snowfall that most of Iowa received on Monday. Thankfully I made it safely down to the Capitol for the week. On Monday and Tuesday most of my day was spent in various meetings. Monday I was in Commerce, Tuesday...
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